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Prayers for Peyton


Just 12 days after Adelaine was diagnosed with Leukemia, Peyton’s family also found themselves at All Children’s hospital getting the same gut wrenching news. Peyton and Adelaine soon met and found that they had a lot in common, besides the fact that they both had Leukemia. They have been playmates for over 2 years now and play together weekly, sometimes twice a week at the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa. The girls really love each other and enjoy being together. Anyway, Peyton is not feeling well at all. Go to her website and scroll down to about the 3rd or 4th most recent post and you can see for yourself why she may not be feeling so hot! www.hope4peyton.org. Her poor little lips look painful, swollen, sore and miserable to put it very lightly! Her counts have dropped way down in the dumps and she has had arm and leg pains for some time now. Plus today her mom said that her hair has started falling out in clumps. Now I’ve learned that she’s spiked a fever of 103. This afternoon Peyton was admitted to All Children’s and she is hopefully on some HEAVY DUTY pain meds to give her some comfort. At some point tomorrow they will do a bone marrow aspiration on her just to check. Please pray that this is all viral and not a relapse. Please pray that she will be fully restored and can go home soon and return to her normal daily routine. She and Adelaine are scheduled to finish treatment at almost the same exact time!!!!!!!!

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Yep, all our babies are now a year older (they all just had birthdays)! Here are some of my recent memory gems:

Mike Alstott Celebrity Softball Game
Adelaine was too grouchy and sick from Vinchristine to go to the game so I volunteered to take the boys to see some of their hero’s up close. CCC only had so many passes to the VIP section and of course The Powell’s always roll up late so we were on the outside looking in. Nicki one of Adelaine’s “teachers” from CCC waived us down and scrounged up a couple passes for us and we were next to the dugout. Hooters waitress’ served us cheeseburgers and hotdogs (don’t tell Angela) as well as sodas, chips and ice cream sandwiches. The boys then wandered into the dugout to hang out with local celebrities and Buccaneers players past and present.


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Weekly Beach Trips
We started a tradition of going to the beach every Sunday evening a couple months before Adelaine was diagnosed. Well, we are officially back in the groove. 2 late Sunday afternoons in a row we attacked St Pete Beach. We only live 6.7 miles from the beach and if you want to join us we will be their 5ish every Sunday from now until October/November.

This Sunday I was the human diving board. The kids would climb onto my shoulders in the water and jump in. Yes, the water is still a bit chilly for my liking, yes, I do prefer bath temperature water and it will be that way soon. I cant help myself. I love the water more than the kids. Well maybe not more than Adelaine. She giggled for the first half hour in the water. She loved it. Last summer counts were still pretty low and now she is a lot more confident and she ate it up. After about an hour I noticed her teeth starting to chatter so I literally dragged her out and made her dry off.

I then woke Angela up from her nap in her beach chair and talked her into going for a walk on the beach. As soon as she got up my body dove into the chair and said she would probably enjoy some alone time with the kids herself. My beautiful bride obliged and I got to relax in her chair with my hat pulled low, sunglasses on listening to the sounds of the waves washing on shore. We live in paradise. Yes, life has its down moments, but I like to focus on the good times.

I am reading a book right now titled The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris. I subscribe to many of the principles he brings to life in this book. I have a business associate that met Timothy a month before his book was published @ a master mind group. Now the author actually shows up and crashes at his house on his couch for a week at a time. He lives life the way he wants to and enjoys it to the fullest. One of the big things I was hit with today in the book is to not just look for happiness in life, strive for excitement. Yes, I have many failures in my life, but they have all been learning adventures that make me a better person today. I am working to be a better person, better entrepreneur, better Christian, better father, and better husband. The easiest way for me to accomplish these things to look for the exciting adventure in everything I do. Those of you that know me, know that I love to have a great time. When I lose focus on the excitement in my life I get miserable and upset when I fail. My mentor has a philosophy of “Fail Faster”. Basically, be aware that failure actually breeds success. When you fail you are actually at least one step closer to success. Did you know that Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb? Nope, he is the person that perfected the lightbulb though. It took Edison over 6,000 tries to perfect the filament. Just think if he would have quit at 10, 100, or even 5,000. Someone else would be in all the history books.

What does this mean to me and you. Don’t quit on your dreams! If you dream of your child being healed from disease, seek out every single avenue and do what feels right in your heart. If you want to learn to play an instrument – do it. If you want a black Ferrari set unrealistic goals and a path to obtain it. Now go out and take action. Oh yeah, go Stars!!! www.bradrichardsfanclub.com

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“YOU HAVEN’T DONE SEA WORLD UNITL YOU’VE DONE SEA WORLD WITH WHITNEY”!!!!


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Whitney and Adelaine


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Whitney with the Powells’ and the Evers’ children!

I sometimes feel overwhelmed wich results in procrastination and anxiety. I have so much built up to share that it can be paralyzing. I am hoping that God will help me through this and I will tackle all the things that I wish to accomplish. We certainly live in a busy world don’t we? It’s all I can do to keep up. Really I can not. I just need to prioritize and accomplish what is important. Adelaine’s website is one of those things. I have GREAT things to share about health issues. I guess Satin doesn’t want me to be here doing such things. That’s good we’ll show him!!!!

We did have an awesome time in Orlando. I still can’t believe how blessed we are to have met Whitney. She is such a doll. We plan to see her a couple of times in May! Hopefully she will be spending the weekend with us. I f we have to fight cancer, it’s really nice to see all the blessings that have come from it. I am learning to just accept the fight and bask in the blessings. This has been difficult to do. All I’ve wanted is for cancer to not be part of the picture, but that simply is not reality. Theses blessings are reality, and we have been so blessed.

Thursday night we are taking Adelaine and her friend Maya to Disney Princess on Ice, compliments of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Adelaine is so excited she plans to dress up like Sleeping Beauty and is counting down the days. I love to see her excited and happy. I feel that every smile and giggle helps make what she has gone through and is going through worth it. In my mind her life needs to be pretty extraordinary to make all that suffering worth going through. I’m sure that must sound silly. Don’t worry, we expect the same out of her as we do the boys. When she makes bad choices, we discipline her. (We do let her slide when she’s on steroids though. She can’t help the mood swings and depression. We try to be understanding to a point). Last week when she ended steroids, we were so relieved. That treatment was really rough. Some months are worse than others. Anissa said Peyton was the same way this last time with hers. We’ve determined that the Vinchristine must have been a bad batch)! HA! HA!

Mason and Bowen got trophies in the mail from Super Sibs, which is an organization that supports siblings of cancer patients. Mason asked why they got trophies because of Adelaine’s cancer. Then he said, “Oh yea, we do have to put up with her when she’s on steroids so I guess we DO deserve trophies for that!!!!!!

Some people have said, “All this is way harder on us than it is on Adelaine”!

I guess this is their way of trying to comfort me, to minimize and justify her pain in their mind.

But, unfortunately, I know better. I have walked through the valley of death with my precious child. There is just no way that this has been harder on me than it has been on her, just no way. I will NEVER forget how sick she was.

Every moment felt like an eternity. I remember wondering how in the world we would make it through the hour, much less the next 2 years. I prayed so hard that God would make it go away. And it did eventually. But she suffered, oh, she suffered. I will never forget Fred, our RN friend showing up at our door with a bottle of MonaVie, claiming that it would help her. I just laughed out loud and said that he just couldn’t understand how bad things were. Little did I know how much that juice has changed our lives! It was the start of a whole new life. We have learned so much. No more feeling overwhelmed, I know that God wants me to share so that’s what we are going to do!

With how far we’ve come, I can not imagine these children who have relapsed. To know as a parent that treatments will all will start over and will be even more rigorous. My heart just breaks thinking about it. I haven’t mentioned that Matthew Gliddon has passed away. His website is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mathewgliddon. We all said our final goodbyes on Tuesday. Please continue to pray for his parents Matt and Karen and little brother Matthew. Also, Sierra from CCC has relapsed. She is 5 and had just finished treatment for All Leukemia a few days before it happened. Her website is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sierrakessler . Please pray for the Kessler family as well.

Last but certainly not least, yesterday, Mason turned 8! He has a unique way of celebrating his birthday each year…

A few years ago he wanted Krispy Kream doughnuts for his birthday. We met some friends at the beach to celebrate. While the children played in the cool ocean water, those sweet, soft glazed doughnuts basked in the blazing sun for a few hours. By the time we bid Mason a happy birthday, those delicious doughnuts we hot, melted and gooey. It was THE HIGHLIGHT of my year! I have never tasted something so incredibly yummy. I don’t know if it was just the fresh out of the oven experience, or if the salty air plus maybe a little sand that did it, but it was soooooo much better than birthday cake. I’m glad that Mason thinks so too, because he wants to relive that experience over and over every year. Who am I to crush his birthday dreams?!!!! We had an incredible day at the beach with him eating ooey gooey doughnuts together.

One more thing! Mason got some money for his birthday. What did he want? He wanted more PokeMon cards for his collection. Our children love to collect them and add up their points and of course trade then. It’s just fun, innocent play. I can get my boys to do anything for a card, so they make a great reward and don’t take up a lot of room like a toy. So, I let them have at it! Anyway, Mason has had his eye on a collector’s tin box which comes with about 40 cards. (Bowen has had his eye on one as well). Mason wanted Bowen to get a box too, so he spent ½ his birthday money on Bowen!!!!!! What an unselfish act. I told him how proud Jesus must be of him, and that he just stored up a present in Heaven for when he gets there. Mason just offered and lovingly did it. He didn’t expect anything in return. I am so proud of my children. They really do love each other. For birthdays, we make sure each of the children get a little something. Adelaine added to her collection of Petshop Pets! We try to turn birthdays into intimate family time together. It’s a special time that we all enjoy!

I thought about not letting Mason pay for Bowen’s cards, but then I would have been robbing him of such an important experience. We have discussed it and praised him so. He realized that he did something very unselfish and great, something to really be admired. He definitely got the things he wanted for his birthday. He did not loose anything by sharing, but instead has gained so much!


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My all time favorite picture, at Give Kids the World during our Sea World trip!

*PS* Check out more Sea World pictures on the Picture Gallery!*****

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One of the first things that we learned about cancer was how it thrived in an acidic environment. In fact, if a person is oxygenated correctly, cancer in unable thrive and grow. Having a body that is more alkaline helps fight off many diseases plus it helps when trying to loose weight!!!! So even if you don’t care about your health, but want to look good, here’s a list of foods that are alkalizing and those to stay away from that are acidifying. One of the most acidifying things out there are soft drinks. We give Adelaine alkalizing drops in her juice every day (about 7 drops). If she were to drink a soda, it would take 210 drops to bring her levels back to where they were before the soda. So soft drinks are very naughty!

The list is not as straight forward as some would think. For example, grapefruits and lemons are listed under alkalizing foods!

Stevia is my new favorite sweeter. It not only sweetens like sugar, but is actually beneficial (it made the nice list). I heard that Coca-Cola has just bought the rights to Stevia, if its true, Stevia should soon appear in or favorite soft drinks, and hopefully more readily available on grocery store shelves. Take away every thing unhealthy about them(I guess that leaves just the Stevia), and place it into a glass bottle, then you’ve got the makings of a real health drink!!! Right now it is hard to find Stevia outside of a health food store, but I did find it with little packets (like Sweet ‘N Low)at Sweet Bay it is called SweetLeaf Stevia Plus. The plus is fiber. It was on the sugar isle.

Can you believe cheeses made the naughty list along with black beans and rice, plus hard liquor? Good bye favorite Mexican Resturant in Largo! What’s a girl to do?!!!! (Just kidding about the hard liquor). It did make the list, but I won’t be missing that!

ALKALIZING FOODS
VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies

ACIDIFYING FOODS FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes

DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits

Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk

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Last Thursday Adelaine got her monthly dose of Vinchristine and began steroids again. We had lots of parties and plans for this weekend, but Adelaine and I just stayed home and sent the guys. Vinchristine is so rough. I can’t wait until we are all done with this. Now that we only go to the clinic once a month, she has definitely lost her groove. She screamed and cried and begged me not to take her there. It broke my heart to have to do it. By the time we got there, we were both crying about it. I think it was somehow comforting to her to see me cry because as I cried I explained that I didn’t want to make her go any more than she wanted to, but it was just something that we have to do to make sure that her cancer never comes back. I went on to tell her the good news that we only had five more visits and we would never have to go back again, her reply, “Only five more visits… that will take forever!”

After lots of tears, and a promise of a Wendy’s Chocolate frosty, we made it through another painful port access and another nasty dose of chemo. She gave everyone there the cold shoulder and made it known that she was NOT HAPPY about her morning. She also announced that this was the, “Worst day of my life”! I explained that while she was indeed having a bad morning, the entire day was not ruined and that as soon as we leave we would have a beautiful day, and we did! When we got back into the car Adelaine announced with a big smile on her face, “Only four more treatments to go!” She did that math all by herself!

Late yesterday afternoon the family took a trip to the beach. We all had a lot of fun! We are planning to go back to our traditional Sunday afternoon beach trips again. This afternoon Adelaine has a follow up visit with the ENT, but I don’t foresee any problems.

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