Wednesday, June 13, 2012

No-Mo Chemo!!!!!

She did it!!!! Kayla did it! We are so sooooo proud of her!!!!!!

Brain Surgery.
 31 rounds of Radiation to the brain and spine.
4 Rounds of Chemotherapy.
One very amazing and brave little girl named Kayla.


I am swirling in a very euphoric place right now. Somewhere between shock and a very bittersweet love for all that we have just been through.  

St. Jude
The greatest place you never want to have to be
So grateful for the love and care you have shown our family

In the video and pictures you will see Miss Theresa. One of Kayla's most favorite people at St. Jude. She made life during Chemo bearable and for that, she has a very special place in our hearts. We sure will miss her. We promised to visit in the Fish-Bowl (no further!!) when we come in the future. No room on the BMT floor for us! So much love for her!!! A special thank you to Michaela, Kayla's awesome 2nd grade teacher here, for video taping this so that I could take pictures. We are SO glad you could be here for such an unforgettable moment! We love you and will miss you so very much!!!! You know we will be visiting you every time we come back too! 

Michaela and Kayla :)
 Last Stat Board!
 Last Vital Check
 Party Time!!!
 I love how PROUD she looks here. And she should be!
 A blur of Confetti & Love!

 Admiring the tiny pieces of paper that surround her wondering who would be cleaning up this mess?
 Kayla and Miss Theresa
 Get these sticky things off of me!
 "Come on Kayla, dance with me baby"!!!


                                                       
SO proud of our graduate!



All over the world right now, kids are graduating Pre-School, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, & College. Our celebration is very different.  Today marked the day that Kayla graduated from the Bone Marrow Transplant floor at St. Jude. She has officially finished the hardest parts of her treatment here and we couldn't be more proud of how strong and courageous she has been throughout. We are so full of hope that this will be the hardest thing she ever faces in life. Hopeful that she grows to be a very old lady! I look forward to all of the milestones to come. So very hopeful for a healthy future and grateful for every breath.

51 comments:

  1. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Kayla! This is such an awesome accomplishment. Not just anyone graduates from chemo/radiation. What a brave and strong girl. I bet she will enjoy life even more, now that she has been trough all of this. What an inspiration!! Lots of love, hope, and prayers to you all.

    Krysta

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  2. OMG This is an AMAZING Day! So So So very happy to see your post! WAY TO GO KAYLA!! WOOOO HOOOOO!!! Celebrations galore! Couldn't be MORE thrilled!! Yay!!!!!
    -Erin S & Family.

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  3. So happy for Kayla & your family! Way to go Kayla!!! You're such a strong & beautiful little girl.

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  4. HIP HIP HOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

    WE ARE ALL SO HAPPY (AND CRYING WITH TEARS OF HAPPINESS) FOR YOU KAYLA!!!!!!

    Our hearts are filled to the brim with big BIG BIGGEST LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU. What a great moment to share with us, and such a very special moment we will always remember
    TOGETHER!!!!!

    Thank you Miss Theresa for lighting up our granddaughter's life during this trying time, and thank you to Michaela for keeping our Kayla "in the loop". St Jude = AWESOME!!!

    "So pack your bags, get out the door, it's time for you to LEAVE THE FLOOR!!!!!!"

    I'm dancing with you now! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! So glad that you're one HUGE step closer to coming HOME!!!!!!!

    Love,
    Neena

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  5. Best news ever! Go Kayla! Can't wait to see all of your smiling faces back at HOME in Novato! HIP HIP HORAY!!! Leslie, Randy, Keira & Cam

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  6. Way to go Kayla!!!! Today is such a fantastic day for you! What a way to graduate!!

    Allyson Stallman

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  7. So wonderful! So happy for you guys!!! Yay for Kayla!!!! xoxo

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  8. Hooooray! Hoooray! What a fabulous day! Your dad and I will celebrate tomorrow, Annie - taking him out for birthday lunch in North East. June 14th Flag Day - all out for Kayla! I know we'll be talking a lot about Kayla and your amazing, awesome, incredible family that has gotten this done! Onward!
    Love, hugs, AuntieAnn

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  9. Jennifer PritchardJune 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Great job Kayla, and Mommy & Daddy and AJ, too!

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  10. Welcome home--

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  11. May angels keep her safe all the days of her life. She has suffered and enough and deserves a long and healthy life! Congratulations Kayla!!!

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  12. Emily (Hoburg) RaakaJune 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Way to Go Kayla! You and your family are amazing. We are so happy see you leap into a wonderful and fun phase of your life here in California. You are so strong. xoxoxo

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  13. WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO! WAY TO GO KAYLA ROSE! SO HAPPY FOR YOU WARRIOR PRINCESS! That dance at the end priceless! :)

    Erin Melrath

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  14. WOOHOO!! We are so happy for you and can't wait to see you around Novato. Congratulations Kayla!!
    -Goodin Family

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  15. Your day is here! It's here. She's done it. It will all be easier from here on out. This is that day you've been waiting for and it's here. Just when you couldn't imagine that the day would ever come it has! It did. Time heals all and thank God Kayla has been healed. Bless you all and looking forward to hearing of your homecoming.

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  16. Way to go Kayla! I truly admire your strength and courage. You are my HERO!

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  17. Couldn't be happier that you finished! My heart sings for joy Kayla! You are an amazing little girl and I love you!

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  18. Kayla and her family have displayed courage that humbles the rest of us. Much love to all of you. You did it as a family. I know that Kayla will appreciate a long and happy life, paying forward all the healing love that surrounds her. Aunt Lynda

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  19. The best news ever!!!!!!!

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  20. YAAAAYYYY KAYYLLLAAAA! Crying total tears of joy for you right now and we are so proud of you sweetheart! You are an amazing, strong, brave and beautiful girl and we all look forward to seeing you move forward. You never ever gave up and for that you will be an inspiration to me always! Couldn't be happier for you all! Much Love your way~ The Da Silva Family

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  21. I have been following along since the beginning of your news. We are friends with the Carr Family. Today I felt the need to post something. I have tears in my eyes, once again, when I read your blog. But today I feel such overwhelming happiness for you and your family. You are all so brave and strong. Give Kayla a big Novato hug. We are all so happy that you will be returning to this community. Enjoy this magical time of pure joy

    Beke Browne and Family

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  22. Fantastic, amazing, thrilling, sooooo proud of you!!!!!

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  23. I'm so happy to hear about the Good News! Yeah Kayla! you did it.
    Claudia Bayer

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  24. Also, just gotta say... As they all are, this is a beautifully written post, Annie, and such a very special one. xxooAuntieAnn

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  25. Yay Kayla, you did it !!!! We are so happy for all of you! The pictures of Kayla and Denny show the happiness and relief on their faces that there is No-Mo Chemo! I'm sure that is how you look too Annie ( also with tears of joy)!

    Love and Big hugs,

    Lisa, Dan, Brittani and Sophie

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  26. AWESOME...Way to go, Kayla!!!!!!!

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  27. Tears of love in my eyes and joy in my heart!! So proud of you all for every minute you have spent living in the world of medicine ...God bless you all & your family!!
    Emily Aufdermaur (Marcus' cousin)

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  28. There couldn't be better news on earth right now!! I'm so happy for all of you. Kayla, you & your family are the bravest people I know. You all ROCK!!! Sending hugs & best wishes. Cindy Jacque (Cheri's friend)

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  29. Yay Kayla!!!!! Congratulations! You are one awesome girl!!
    Love, Lannette

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  30. Woooohoooo!!!! So, so proud!!! Amazing courage & strength....

    Lots of love sent to you all,

    The Chabans

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  31. Yeah!!! Amazing! Faith and hope for the future! Thank you God! Love you guys!

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  32. YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY! So happy that this day finally came! Now brave Miss Kayla can get on with the rest of her life!! We couldn't agree more that YOU ROCK Kayla! Thank you for showing us the true meaning of courag and bravery! XOXO

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  33. YAAAAYYYYY! I am so happy for you. you are one brave girl

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  34. Awesome!!!! Kayla we all love you and we are excited to have you come home so we can hug you and hold you in our arms!!! You should be so proud of yourself! You did it! Your aunt t t,jess and uncle victor

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  35. I have been following your struggle and Kayla's bravery through Karen Kane's Facebook page. (She will be marrying my cousin) I have cried through all your writings -- you have a beautiful, sweet, adorable daughter. Anthony is a gorgeous little guy too. What a wonderful family you are. So very, very happy to hear the good news today that you all will be able to go home for good. LOVE YOU KAYLA!!!! Dolores from NJ

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  36. Congrats on making it through an incredible time - to ALL of you. Good luck and I hope this blog gets REALLY boring!!!


    Much Love,
    Kelly

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  37. That is great! Tears of joy!

    Donna O'Gorman

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  38. I am so proud and happy for this special little girl and her family. Kayla - you are such an inspiration to so many people and you have sooooo many people that are praying for you and love you more than you'll ever know. Keep up the good progress - you are one brave and strong girl with a great spirit! Even though I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, I do know that I love you and admire you Kayla. May God always watch over you and keep you in His care!

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  39. Annie! This is literally the best news ever! I am so happy for you and your family and especially Kayla that this stage is over and that you get to come home! Although, I have not written much, I have been following your blog and praying endlessly. All of you were never far from my everyday thoughts. Much love and support to you all! xoxo Julie

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  40. Kayla, like many who have read your blog on a daily basis, and whom have never met you, you have inspired us all. Your bravery, your laughter, your smiles, your tears, your strength, EVERYTHING that is YOU, has taught many of us an incredible and valuable lesson. Don't be surprised, when you arrive home, to have strangers come up to you and tell you how much you've inspired them. The Novato community loves you and can't wait until you are finally HOME. You are our town HERO

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  41. Go Kayla! There is no mountain too tall for you to climb after what you have accomplished. Love Serena

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  42. Halleluia! Praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Bless St Jude's and all those who contribute to it, so children can be provided with the TOP care.
    Powerful work, done 1st by Kayla, 2nd with the love and support of her family and 3rd of extended family, close friends, and the many 'strangers'who joined in the fight.
    What a glorious celebration you had in your room! Kayla's radiant smile says it so perfectly. Done and Done! YOU DID IT!
    What a PERFECT Father's Day gift, eh Denny?
    And as you glow with your 'good news', you will give hope and encouragement to those other children and family who are still in the process. Your success will be a gift of hope to them; you've shown them that it can be done, to hang on and keep up the good fight.
    CONGRATULATIONS! Next step, a Hero's Welcome HOME for all 4 of you.

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  43. My heart is filled with joy. Although we live in Novato I don't know your family but feel like I do. I have followed Kayla's journey since her brain surgery, every day. You have gifted that to me. What a beautiful day today, what a beautiful day!!

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  44. Go Kayla go! Such a brave girl! We knew you could do it! We love you!

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  45. Hooray! I bet you will always remember this day! Congratulations to Kayla and all the Dehnerts!! xoxo Allie

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  46. I've read this post ten times and just can't seem to find the words...except to say that I'd imagine that you can now breathe, really breathe. What you've all been through is unimaginable and your strength and courage are beyond measure. I am so very deeply happy for you all.
    Leslie and family

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  47. The Martin FamilyJune 15, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    That is one tough little girl. May you all have joy, peace and laughter from here on out. Can't wait to see pics of Kayla home, enjoying herself. She so deserves it. Congrats to all of you.

    - Jen and family

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  48. This is the most awesome news that we could have heard. WAY TO GO, KAYLA!!! And way to go, Annie, Denny and Anthony for supporting Kayla every step of the way. Behind every awesome kid is a remarkable family. Thinking of you all and celebrating in Novato. Love, the Hannan family

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