On April 1st I will be shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke…it’s for real! My sister-in-law mentioned months ago that she was going to shave her head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s. I was instantly intrigued and really wanted to do it with her. I asked Michael what he thought because he has always hated when I cut my hair shorter than my shoulders. But, he was ok with it (or at least seemed ok with it – maybe he knew it didn’t really matter!). We have now got most everything finalized and will be shaving our heads in less than a month! It may sound weird, but I’m so excited to do this. Aside from not having to wash/dry/fix my hair every day and not have to try to keep it out of my face while working out, there is a much better reason…to raise money for childhood cancer research. Now that cancer has affected someone really close to me…my youngest nephew…and I’ve seen what he and his/our family has gone through, it makes me want to do whatever I can to help prevent other kids and their families from going through the same thing. And I only know the emotions I feel as an aunt; I can’t even fathom the emotions that my sister-in-law and brother-in-law have experienced. But I do know that they are two of the strongest people I know and they just keep putting one foot in front of the other. And my little nephew does the same thing; he’s such a trooper. I guess that’s all you can do, though, is just keep moving forward.
So, check out St. Baldrick’s website (link here) and see what they are all about. If you want to help our team meet our goal of $5,000, you can donate here:
Thank your for your support!
I wish this was going to be a fun countdown, like to go on vacation or something, but no such luck. We scheduled Mackenzie’s spinal fusion surgery today for June 13th, 2014. After I got off the phone I realized that the surgery is going to be on Friday the 13th… The only other day was June 6th, but that’s her brother’s birthday and the day after the last day of school, so I didn’t want to schedule it for then. The next available date was towards the mid to end of July, so June 13th it is.
That’s almost 4 months away, but I know it will go by quickly. I want to keep a record of everything about this journey. It’s important to me to write about this stuff and I hope it will help just one other person. I’ve read so many other blogs and stories about other people’s scoliosis experiences and they have all made me feel so much better about the process. So I hope our experience will help someone else. I just hope everything goes smoothly.
When I talked to the surgery scheduler today, I asked her if she knew which vertebrae would be fused. This has never really come up in past appointments and I didn’t think to ask about it during the last appointment. She told me that Mackenzie has a thoracic curve from T6 to T12 and based on what she has seen over the years of similar cases that Mackenzie would be fused from T4 or T5 through L1 or L2. I Googled this to get an idea of how many bones that is and from what I found it seems like a large part of the spine:
The nurse said that we will go to a “Scoli” class (as they call it) to watch a few DVDs and to ask any questions we have. They will also do her pre-op appointment then too. These will done about 2 weeks prior to surgery. Until then, we just wait. I will be sure to update as the time gets closer!