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StacieSmith

I am a wife and mother of two boys. The oldest is a current survivor of a rare and highly malignant brain and spine cancer (Atypical Teratoid/Rhaboid Tumor or AT/RT). His battle with cancer thus far was very harsh on his little body. I blogged about our life before cancer, our life during... Full Bio
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Bieber Fever ... For A Good Cause by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Okay, Bieber Fans, have I got a great opportunity for you! If you work this right, not only will you win two tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, you will also get to meet h ... Read on »
Even When Cancer Is Part Of The Plan by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health What a difference a few years can make on the same calendar day. This day holds a lot of memories for me. Let's start 10 years ago in 2003. Jeff and I closed on our house ... Read on »
A Clear Scan for Gavin by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health First of all, thank you to those that continue to check in on our family. Saying I appreciate your love and prayer support is a serious understatement! Gavin's recent MR ... Read on »
T Minus One Week Until The Next Scan by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Last time I posted I wrote about how Gavin's next MRI had crept up on me and how I am usually acutely aware of how much time we have left before the next scan. Well, it ... Read on »
A Restful New Year by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Happy New Year to you all! I hope you are doing well. We thoroughly enjoyed the break from school over Christmas, with lots and lots of unscheduled fun together.  It ... Read on »
Like A Dream Come True by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My mom told us recently that her city was having a recycling day. Part of the festivities included a recycling truck that you could climb up in and actually work a little. ... Read on »
Catching Up On Things by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I know it's been awhile since I penned a post here for the blog. But, I was honestly shocked when I recently looked and saw that it was August when I last sat down to write ... Read on »
Health Over Wealth by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My good friend, Wende, was the first to introduce me to the concept of "health over wealth."  As it sounds, it's the notion that your health is more important than your weal ... Read on »
The Skinny On Our Week by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Gavin's recent medical appointments all happened to fall on Thursday and Friday.  It was a bit of a whirlwind. Nothing compared to the old days though. The oncologist is, ... Read on »
Go Gold by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Oh, how we need to see more gold!! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I'm getting a head start because I think it should be all year long. (Mute any music at the ... Read on »
Meet Case by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I recently needed some physical therapy. I had stopped working out back in January because of some pain near my hip. I had hoped it would get better on its own and neglect ... Read on »
The Bumped by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Gavin had an MRI on Monday, which showed no evidence of disease.  Thank you for being faithful to pray for his health. Gavin had a very difficult time the night before t ... Read on »
Healing Up Nicely by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It's been almost two weeks since Gavin's second cataract surgery.  His doctor told us last Friday that she felt both eyes were healing up nicely.  I'm pleased to report that ... Read on »
Cataract Surgery - Take Two by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Gavin had his second cataract surgery yesterday morning. He was very brave and showed no apparent anxiety about the surgery. In fact, he was very excited to be taking anothe ... Read on »
Slowing Gavin Down by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Gavin has felt great since surgery on Tuesday. In fact, I find myself frequently reminding him to slow down. I didn't think he did much running or jumping until it was agai ... Read on »
Cruising Through Surgery by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Gavin's first cataract surgery was completed this morning. I want to say thank you to those that prayed for how Gavin would take the news about the surgery. He did great. ... Read on »
Cataract Surgery -- Take One by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Gavin's first of 2 cataract surgeries is this week with the second one to come next week.  Compared to what he has been through, most would consider it a "minor" procedure.  ... Read on »
What He Remembers by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health At bedtime tonight, Gavin and I were talking a little bit more about how today marked three years since the end of his cancer treatment.  He usually speaks very little about ... Read on »
Chemoflage by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Wednesday marks three years since Gavin stopped chemotherapy. I told him that tonight and mentioned how God had kept him healthy. He immediately bowed his head, clasped hi ... Read on »
Symptoms You Don't Want To Ignore by StacieSmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Above is a picture of my sister, Stephanie, and me that was taken about a year ago.  Tonight, I am reflecting on just how blessed we are for my sister's health today.  ... Read on »