Support For Christi Thomas

This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at www.ChristiThomas.com to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's Not Cancer

Again I’m thankful for something “normal” – and not cancer! Shayla is a very tough kid! Unless she’s really hurt, she doesn’t complain. (We still often joke, "The wrong one had cancer," because Shayla has an amazing pain tolerance, unlike Christi.)

A few weeks ago, after the Saturday night performance of the high school musical, Shayla told us on the way home that her feet hurt and that she understands now why her dance teachers often wear different shoes to give them more support when they’re dancing for hours. I knew she’d been wearing her ballet shoes a lot due to all of the extra practice for the musical, but I didn’t give it any more thought than that.

Thursday Shayne told me Shay said her feet felt much better after he rubbed them. (We didn’t know they had been bothering her; he was just rubbing them for her while she watched TV.)

I took her to the doctor’s on Saturday and wasn’t surprised to learn that she needs six weeks of physical therapy for plantar fasciitis (just like we did about 2 years ago). What did surprise was learning yesterday that her X-ray came back as suspicious and that her doctor wants her to see an orthopedic doctor. After hearing the message, I called and spoke with a nurse who told me it is not a fracture or anything real serious like that, but something is definitely wrong and before Shayla begins her PT, she needs to see a specialist. I’ve made that appointment for Monday afternoon. Once again, I’m just reminded that this is just a little inconvenience and is most likely fixable. Shayla will be ok! (Perhaps three hours of dance lessons and an hour of ice skating lessons each week is too much for her little feet. Or.......as Shayne has suggested, the hours of jumproping she's been doing in her barefeet in the basement in recent weeks haven't been spent wisely.)

Regardless, I have a great peace of mind. I never ever had that comfort with Christi’s care. My prayers are with those families; those moms and dads really need a good night sleep! I'll sleep fine! Shayla makes us feel so lucky! Thank God for Shay Shay! Thank God it's not cancer!I know there are indeed parents who received that word today and my prayers are going up for them.

I just received word this afternoon that Tiffin University will be having the "Christi Thomas Easter Egg Hunt" in the near future. I'll update as soon as I know more. (Picture: Christi's last Easter Egg Hunt, Tiffin University, March 2006, age 8. She was so happy that day. She always loved their egg hunts and that is why we made the donation to Tiffin Univerisity. Go Dragons!)

8 Comments:

At 24/3/09 7:16 PM, Blogger HeatherB said...

Ouch! Sorry to hear that sweet Shayla's feet have been bothering her! I hope she feels better soon!

Give her a hug from me!

I love the new decor in your house too! Gorgeous!

Lots of love,
Heather

 
At 24/3/09 7:48 PM, Blogger Lisa D :) said...

I too am thanking God it's not cancer! Shayla's poor little feet probably just need a good rest! That young lady is one of the most active girls I know! I love that photo at the easter egg hung -- look at how happy they are in it! It makes me smile looking at that photo, and sad at the same time because Christi should be here too! I'm glad there will be an egg hunt in her honor -- Christi will never be forgotten, but it's also very nice that there are events such as these that keep her memory alive as well.

Wishing Shayla a good visit to the doctors office.

 
At 25/3/09 6:49 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Best wishes with the ortho doctor, Shayla! Maybe a nice therapy of foot massages is in order!

Hugs-The Adams'

 
At 25/3/09 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Shayla! I hope she will be alright - perhaps it's growing pains?

Irene

 
At 25/3/09 10:45 AM, Blogger Robin said...

Sorry to hear about Shayla's feet. Feet pain is pretty uncomfortable that's for sure. I hope that everything clears up quickly for her.

 
At 25/3/09 5:18 PM, Blogger Campagnette said...

When I was 11 years old I practiced gymnastic and I tried to learn walking on my hands. What about Shayla skating on her hands ?

 
At 26/3/09 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angela,

Please don't take this wrong, but I wanted to point something out. Your comment about "the wrong child had cancer" could be terribly hurtful to Shayla if she were ever to read that or hear about it from one of your readers. I know you meant it in the context you mentioned, that Shayla has such a high pain tolerance. Surviving siblings often feel guilt or less honored and loved, it can just be the nature of the beast.

Thanks for listening!

Jessie in MI

 
At 30/3/09 6:31 AM, Anonymous Felicia Reinhard said...

I just started Physical Therapy for my ankles and have been having trips to the orthopedic doctor for the past month to fix the issues with my ankles and legs. It's going to take 10 weeks so Shay is very lucky! I LOVE pt though and I'm sure she will too! Had to retire from iceskating two years ago because my feet just couldn't take it any longer. Got to freestyle 4! Maybe she should take it easy with the skating, the riding, and dance...that does a lot on your feet especially when there still growing and changing!!! :)

 

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