Monday, October 10, 2011

What does Columbus Day mean to you?

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday.

For the Boyett' family; We are very thankful that Columbus founded America, BUT, for us, Columbus Day is a reminder of the day Nathan was diagnosed with cancer.
Nate had been sick for a couple of weeks prior, running fevers, ear infections, viral infections and so on.  But the Sunday night before the Columbus day holiday, we noticed the enlargement of his abdomen.  Constipation was our first thought, so we treated that immediately.  The enlargement did not go away.
The following day, Columbus day October 12, 2009.  Matt had the day off because of the holiday and I was at work.  I called to make another appointment at the pediatrician and our scheduled time was 3:00.  Matt and I decided we didn't want to wait that long and decided to meet at the ER. 
*Side note:  If you ever think that your life can't be turned upside down in a matter of really need to understand that it CAN happen to you!  When I left for work the morning of October 12, 2009, I never dreamed that I wouldn't come home for 6 weeks. 
Back to the story, after 5 hours of test after test, we had a tentative diagnosis of a Wilms Tumor.
Some parts of these moments are very clear, and some parts are very foggy.  I remember looking him in the face and saying, "I don't know what that means." I remember his reply very clear, "cancer, cancer of the kidney and you will be leaving shortly to go to Memphis, TN to St. Jude."  With that one sentence, our lives changed forever.  My baby was 1 month from being 3 years old.  There is no way this could be happening.  I got dizzy. I felt faint. I had to lay down on a gurney. I asked for water.  All in the span of 5 seconds.  I can't speak for Matt, he was dealing in his own way.  I just know that after the initial shock, I remember Matt and I sitting on the gurney side by side saying, let's go to Memphis and fight this with all we have.  The next day, we were in an ambulance on our way to Memphis.  I can't say I remember the ride, because I was still an emotional wreck.  I sat up front while my baby and nurses were in the back.  They would tell me he was ok.  I dont' think I even spoke to the driver the whole way. We got to Memphis, 2 days later Nathan had a 5 hour surgery to remove the one and half pound tumor along with his left kidney.  He has the scar to prove it and he is not shy about showing you! 
Today is Columbus Day, observed.  In 2 days it is October 12.  The date of diagnosis.  You never forget the diagnosis date.  One year to the date October 12,  2010, Matt and I established Nate's Giving Fund.  It is a non-profit that is up and running with tax exemption and all.  We are still in the fund raising process.  This fund is aimed to help people financially while their child is receiving treatment for a life threatening disease/disorder. 
In 2 days October 12, 2011 is 2 years past diagnosis date.  On this day 2 years ago, we had no idea where we would be in 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years.  But, we sure know where we are today.  And we give all the thanks and glory to God for allowing us to be here today.
We know how blessed we are, we count our blessings everyday.  We try so hard not to let the things that really don't matter in the way of what does matter. 

This past weekend Nathan and Coach Matt's T-ball team (Meridianville Storm) took home the Madison County Champion Trophy.  It was amazing.  It was a blessing to have Nathan to play on a t-ball team that Matt coaches.  We count our blessings everyday.  No one is promised tomorrow.  And we know all too well how true that is. 


Monday, October 3, 2011

Champions x 6

Mattie's softball team has won 6 straight championships in a row.


CHAMPIONS Trussville, AL

CHAMPIONS Shelbyville, TN




Pics below are from this past weekend;

But this pictures says it ALL!

Friday, September 16, 2011

What's going on in our world...

Sorry friends and family, all 2 of you that read, I am doing a horrible job of keeping up my bloggin'.
But with a few minutes on my hands and a few things on my mind, here goes.

First, it's time for Nathan's next check up.  September 22nd to be exact.  Please keep him and all of us in your prayers.  Please pray that he remains cancer free forever.....
He is getting excitded for the upcoming trip, he LOVES going to Memphis.  He actually asked if his sister could come this time.  So, I guess sister is going to make the trip with us.  She seems to think we have a plethora of fun while she is not with us. Matt and I are only letting her come since Nathan will not have anymore CT scans and he won't be restricted from food; because sister just can't handle the fact that if he don't eat, we don't eat. 

Second, Nathan is loving Pre-K.  His school, teachers and class are fantastic.  It is such a good feeling to know he is happy.  Mattie is diggin' 3rd grade as well.  She's got some awesome teachers and friends as well.

Third, Mattie is still having loads of fun playing softball.  It is amazing how much she practices, plays, sweats, thursts, falls/slides, gets hit with balls, and gets hits at the plate.  She is such a happy kid, but very attached to her parents which can be good and can be bad. 
Nathan is loving his co-ed T-ball team this season, (I think) I have learned that he does not like for a girl to take the ball away from him, and I sure don't blame him.  I think I would enjoy watching them play anything...we'll maybe not chess.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a gallbladder attach, 2 days later I was in surgery having my gallbladder removed.  It's amazing how some people can keep theirs their whole life and mine gave up at the ripe age of 36.5. 

Matt is Nathan's T-ball coach again, so between Alabama Football, Rockets03 Softball and the Meridianville Storm, he stays pretty busy.  He is an awesome dad!  Do I get any points for that plug, Matt?

Every weekend in October is booked up with Softball. 

November 19th is the St. Jude Walk-A-Thon at Madison Square Mall, so be on the lookout for my begging, asking for donations.

Also in November we will go on Nathan's Make-A-Wish Disney Cruise...we are so excited.

I'll end with a few pictures.


Nathan and Jayden

First day of school

Monday, March 28, 2011

Balance is the Key

Balance between home/work, balance between husband/children, balance between child 1/child 2.  I feel like I am in a constant state of balance with a pole on top of my head steadying a plate and a plate on each hand/elbow/knee, you get the idea. Which one needs how much attention and at what point.  I'm not complaining, I'm just stating the facts. 

This upcoming weekend will be a new test of balance for the Boyett family.....
Up until this point, the only separation we have experienced is when we were in Memphis and Mattie was at home with Mimi & PopPop, which was hard, but manageable and Mattie understood given the circumstance and as a 6 year old, she was getting to do what she wanted to do.  Win/Win situation.

Saturday, Nathan will have his first T-ball Opening Day and mini-game.  I of course don't want to miss it, and Matt is the coach (so he can't miss it).  Mattie has a tournament in Georgia 2 hours away.  Dilemma.  Also, Saturday night, Nathan has his annual "Cancer Survivor Dinner" and Matt and I really don't want him to miss that!  So, it looks like I will beg ask a teammate to take Mattie with them.  I will stay to watch opening day.  I will then drive to Georgia to hopefully catch at least 2 of the 4 games Mattie has.  Matt and Nathan stay to go to the dinner.  I know Matt hates to miss the tourney and I hate to miss the dinner.
I know you are probably thinking, what's the big deal?  And your right, it's really not a big deal.  But, we have tried VERY hard to KEEP THE BALANCE.  I don't want Mattie to ever feel like her game is not as important as Nathan's, or, anything involving cancer takes presidence over anything else.  I know, as they get older, they will understand more, but until then, it is what it is. 
Hence, Balance is the Key....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

One year and a half

Yes, I am well aware that I have been on a blogging hiatus for a year and a half.  We had some issues going on between then and now to say the least.  I did blog on during Nathan's diagnosis, treatment and checkup schedule and I hope I was able to keep everyone updated.  I will continue to post on caringbridge about upcoming scans and results and I will probably put the same info on here as well.  (Next Scan May 9th)

I just wanted to re-start blogging here because we are trying to live each day as normal as possible.  We have been so blessed by God and we are so grateful.  We are so busy with our lives, going places, doing things and just having fun and enjoying being with our friends and family. 

Mattie is so involved in church activities and travel softball.  We went to Birmingham last weekend for a 2 day tournament.  Won 2 games and lost 2.  The girls did great!  She plays for North Alabama Rockets 03 (2003 was the year all the girls were born).  They were the only 03 team in the tournament.  The other teams were 2002, so they did very well to say the least!   Next tournament March 26.

Now that I am looking at the calendar, I remember my very first blog which was on my birthday in 2008 (go here to see).  Anyway, my birthday is in 2 days, maybe I have some sort of self-reflecting disorder that peeks around my birthday, who knows?  I just read that post and CANNOT believe 3 years has passed that fast.

And because we felt like we have to much spare time, Matt decided to coach Nathan's first T-ball team, The Giants.  He has had one practice and loves it.  Of course, he has been at the ballpark since he was born.  After his first practice he told all his family members that he hit the ball over the fence, what he didn't tell them was he was about 5 feet away from the fence and it was a wiffle ball....gotta love that kid.

So, that about sums up what we are up to at the present time.  If you ever wonder what we are doing during the week; church, ball, ball, church, ball, ball, ball.  But, we love it and there is nothing we would rather be doing.

Crazy Hair Day for Dr. Seuss' Birthday, had to leave early due to pink eye.

Oh and by the way; I have the cutest niece ever!  She and Nathan have so much fun together!