September 25, 2009

The Master Plan

Ok!! It's been awhile since we have given you a Medical update on Mom's cancer. Those that were at the Sky Diving Airfield witnessed how "wobbly" Mom's sea legs became after her Sky Landing. Prior to that & progressively since she has found her self to be more out of breath... Exhausted upon exertion, "I don't feel badly, I just need to take things slower, give myself more time!" Susie/Mom/Grandy says of her progressive shortness of breath!

The reality is that Mom's cancer is producing blood clots in her lungs. The clots are blocking her ability to take in oxygen & transmit it to the rest of her body. Tho' her overall oxygen level is good... She still feels like she needs to pace herself; give herself more time to get there! Take the short-cut she doesn't usually give herself.

So for those joining us on the Dolphin trip... We will get to Florida on Thursday 10/15 & leave on Tuesday. This will give her 2 days to arrive, balance herself before the Dolphin swim & rest before she goes home. Allowing her enough time to LOVE & ENJOY everyone around her!!
The Swim w/ the Dolphins remains Saturday 10/17 @ Marineland Aquarium in St. Augustine, Florida.

Whether Mom is with us in body or Spirit, we will continue with our commitment to Adventure #4; "witness Gods' spirit & beauty" in the Grand Canyon & Sedona. Activities: helicopter thru the Canyon, hike the Canyon, ATV the Sedona desert, Spiritualist experience in Sedona.
Everyone, we need your concerted & fervent prayers for Mom! So please, keep them coming! We need your energy!! She really wants to get thru her List... Your support & emails are like daily HUGS... (Mom doesn't do email, but we have an email printer for her... So email me & I'll forward your encouraging words to her)!

Thank you for being you for Mom/Susie/Grandy!!!

September 22, 2009

Bucket List #2 Recap -- SKYDIVING

Mom "the Eagle" Landed And so did all her little Chicks...

The experience was totally awesome!!

Starting on Friday, Mom was feeling nauseous & out of breath. We fear her cancer is progressing (or she is eating too much red meat)... In spite of her "stomach ache" Mom persevered... On Saturday 8am, Sept 17, she DOVE out of that plane with the same enthusiasm as she dives after Life... And we all followed!!

My brothers & myself all jumping at the same time w/ Mom followed by her grandchildren Deirdre, Kyle, Paul, & Ann Weadock then Michelle, the Maguires-Patti, Keegan & (drum roll please...)

Chris Rowe (my paraplegic step-son)! No guts... No glory!!!

Jeff Shoenfaber!!! You Fly Guy! Thank you for joining us & flying others around who had not had an opportunity to jump... You made Shannon's day so special!!

Chi-Chi! ER nurse par excellence!! the medicine you got to quiet Mom's stomach sooo well! You truly changed the tone of her/our day!!

John Weadock arrived looking so sharp... He admits feeling very tempted to Sky Dive once he saw Chris Rowe jump... But alas... Someone had to stay on the ground with Shannon & cheer us in! And beside his wife would have killed him if the jump hadn't!!!

Patti & Keegan... Joining us for your Virgin Dive made our Bucket List group so very special!! Thank you so much!

TURBULENT was the only way to describe our day of Sky Diving! Mom's early day nausea set the tone for the day! Tho' Braving it; we were all scared! Thank God that by 5p, Mom returned to her usual animated & provocative self!!

Mom thought "the Dive", itself, was LESS thrilling than her other daring feats... But she loved the event far MORE than Hang Gliding because the FEAR Factor that everyone had to overcome was far more INTENSE! We appreciated what SHE was over-coming to lead the jump. As a result, we ALL felt so much more ACCOMPLISHED... This relief made for very ENERGETIC & EMOTIONAL family conversations (like we need more energy)!

On a personal side...
The real surprise over the day was that Mom's "moment of weakness" generated a level of real concern by Tom Weadock's 82yo father-in-law! Jack was so happy to see her "come back to self" that he kissed her, hugged her & held her hand for the rest of the day! He chose only to sit next to HER! (The Tarzan & Jane profile prevails regardless of Age)! Mom was soooo tickled... giggling like a school girl!

As she was preparing for bed last nite, she shares, "I think he likes me!!" I quip, "Mom, isn't it unfair how things are getting HOT just as you are checking out?"
She responds with a twinkle, "ahhh no! it's the perfect time to leave! the party is at a peak, I am still able to dance & they LOVE me! It doesn't get any better!!" (It is so funny how God let's us know HE Loves us! All we have to do is trust Him!!)

Everyone, thank you so much for your thoughts & Prayers!!

Carpe Diem!!

September 14, 2009


If you didn't catch it on Friday, here is the link to the CBS story on the Bucket List!! Check it out and let us know what you think!!

And if that isn't enough, then start getting psyched up for Skydiving this weekend!! CBS will be following us there too!!