I'm so glad that Kat and Eric have such a lovely support structure in place. I wish it weren't so needed right now. :(
I have a number of family members in Philly who might know of apartments/ rooms/houses that can be rented or they could be hosted in. Please let me know if you'd like me to boost the signal.
Right now they are just way too overwhelmed. They will probably start in Ronald McDonald house, but may be interested by early September. Thank you.
i was totally going to suggest RMH. they really helped us with thomas over the years.
it's so much easier with friends and family. I pray they get through this easily and healthfully. (I know that sounds odd, but when they start hearing about the array of side effects, you'll understand.)
Oh, I know. I'm just trying not to think about them too much.
I can't remain silent, and yet there is nothing to say that you haven't.
Hugs are enough. They are, with prayers, all for now.
If I were there, I would offer a hug.
That's an awful thing for a family to have to go through. Lots of strength to you and yours.
Many, many good wishes for a full recovery. I know it's highly unlikely that I can be of help, but I am in PA, about three hours west of Philly. Should they need a stop over spot to stay or anything like that, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thank you. I will keep you in mind.
they're definitely on the prayer list. no child, no *one* should have to go through this.
Much love to you and Kat and Eric's family. Brain cancer took my brother as an adult, and the toddler daughter of some friends. I was the one who arranged meals for their family for several months. Sending whatever moral support I can via the web.
I don't know if this will make you feel better, but as someone who lived in or around Philadelphia for a very long time, CHOP is such an incredible hospital.
The things they are able to do, and the compassion that they show to both patients and families is above and beyond what anyone would expect. I've had numerous friends and family members treated there (including my stepson-to-be), and I honestly cannot think of a better hospital for Becca to be at.
We have been told that about CHOP by many people. It helps to know she is in such a great place.
I am in Philadelphia; and, as long time readers know, a social worker. If there is anything that they need, let me know via email at TFCOCS at GMAIL dot COM. You can forward my contact information to them as you see fit.
I know they are currently being well-supported by the hospital, but I will let them know. Thanks.
My gods...that's so terribly sad.
*hugs tight* I know it's not much, but please let us know if there is anything we can do to help the family or you guys.
Please offer them this resource, with my compliments. Childhood cancer is tough at the best of times, and astro is particularly challenging. This free camp is for children with cancer and their siblings, to just have a normal week of summer camp. Everybody there knows the deal, everybody there is living or has lived with it. Also has events throughout the year, both of fundraising and celebratory nature. Kalahari in the winter, bowling in the spring, that kind of thing. Yes, normal kids' life stuff as a break from the round of treatments and doctors ... http://www.campqualityohio.org/
Please also share this site: http://www.caringbridge.org/
Nothing like being some place where other folks are living with your current challenges ...
Everybody else will tell you this sucks, and it DOES. Hopefully the resources will be more useful than yet more sympathy. Cancer sucks. No way around it. Strength to all of them, and a bit of luck to make it through!
Once they get through the next two months of intense radiation therapy, I will share it with them. Right now they are feeling overwhelmed.
Thank you very much.
2013-08-25 04:26 pm (UTC)
to you, yours, them and theirs.