Well, no camping this weekend. Instead, we are heading up to Mom and Lowell’s house tonight to bunk out there this weekend. We are spending the weekend up north in Iron River, Michigan for a cancer benefit for my bro-in-law Fuzz (Michael Andersen) this weekend.
He has stage four bone cancer and just underwent a complicated surgery where they removed his jaw bone, and took a bone from his leg to reconstruct it. Some nodes and tissues were also removed and he is on the road to recovery from that. Next comes the chemo and radiation for 6 weeks, which is going to be a long tuff haul. No insurance, so we are helping with a benefit to raise funds to help them out. I am bringing a big handwoven rug, some good woolen socks, and I found a whole bunch of good things to add to the silent auction and raffle yesterday after a visit to our local Pamida store. Steveio is donating the extra gas grill he got for his birthday yesterday (I bought him one, and he went and unknowingly bought one for himself too!) The kids are coming along, and they are adding more goodies to the pot. Will post pics afterwards… its a spaghetti dinner being catered by a local restaurant and there will be a band for music… Linda’s friends at the library are helping to pull this all together.
Schmoo and Fuzz -- (Linda and Michael Andersen)
We sure have been hit with a lot of family illness lately.
My mother-in-law, the sweetest lady in the world, MaryAnn Pfundtner is undergoing chemo and radiation for stage 3 breast cancer. She is very brave in her battle. Even with all her troubles, she still managed to get a package in the mail for Steveio’s birthday yesterday! We are praying for a good result from all the chemo, and hoping that things will get better for her.
Then, our grandson’s other grandpaw, Kevin Wade (our son-in-law Jesse’s dad) is battling pancreatitis and has been severely ill for 4 weeks in the hospital, hovering in and out of a paralytic coma and on ventilator machines. It’s been really touch and go, and Kevin is battling hard to beat this. His wife Lisa has been on a never-ending vigil at his bedside. It’s been a very rough time for the family. Our daughter Heather and sweetie Jesse are doing all they can to help. Jameson has been coloring pictures for his Grandpaw, The Big Dude… as Jameson is his Little Dude.
And now, to top it off, my nephew Mikey, son of my brother, Butch, is having serious trouble with his stomach and undergoing more testing with that.
We have just been hit from all directions with this… and prayers or kind thoughts are appreciated. So many people all at once, none really blood related to each other, but all are in our hearts and our thoughts each day.
A couple of cheezy granmuddah pics here to share of the grandkids:
Allegra Grace (4 months old)
Jameson Michael (21 months old)
and Chelsea Mae (3 months old)
So today I will finish up the last few pairs of socks, and I am babysitting little Chelsea today till Erin or Mark comes later to pick her up. Then when Steveio is done with work, we will head out. About 120 miles up there from here.