The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Luau Date and Time

Hello everyone!

I wanted to let you know that we have a new date and location for my mom's "Celebration of Life Luau." It will be held on Sun. Feb. 24th from 12-3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Red Bluff. Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or for the afternoon! We will have lots of good food, music, and celebrating! I know my mom is most looking forward to "visiting with every single person there!" As she reminds me, so many people come to your funeral, but the person being honored never gets to enjoy the company of all those attending. This is my mom's chance to see everyone, and have that opportunity to catch up and spend time together!

Today was another busy day from start to finish. After getting the kids off to school, the home health nurse came by for a half hour visit to check on my mom's vitals and assess her progress at home. We scooted off to radiation, in 12 degree weather and used our handicap sticker for the first time. This was a huge help with my mom's mobility and to get inside the building faster with the cold! Afterwards we went to the medical supply store as my mom has graduated to a regular cane vs. the big awkward quad cane. Off to lunch, the bank, and then a visit from the nurse's aide in the afternoon to assist with several life skills. My mom is busy doing her physical therapy exercises, and getting stronger each day in preparation for her return to California!

Tonight the local grocery store is making a home delivery, and Kyle has guitar lessons. Yesterday Ashlyn had her first piano lesson, and was so thrilled to begin! The instructor was terrific, and Ashlyn is ready for this intellectual challenge having already practiced 3 times since the first lesson!

Tomorrow, someone from the local Catholic church is stopping by in the a.m. to visit with my mom and give her communion. Immediately afterwards she has a 45 min. physical therapy session, radiation, and then occupational therapy. Busy, busy...thank goodness she still has the energy to keep up this schedule...I am the one who is tired! hee hee We will be seeing the oncologist weekly, as well as all the therapists and aides. We have been so pleased with the care she is receiving, and truly feel that everyone involved in her journey has been instrumental in how well she is doing. As you can see from the pictures, my mom does not look like someone who is battling such a serious prognosis. She truly lives each day fully, and does not worry about the future. She has certainly taught me a lot about handling adverse situations with grace and dignity. What a woman! :-)

We hope you are all well, and living life fully! Treat yourself to a nice healthy fruit filled mom will be glad to hear you did!

1 comment:

Beth said...

Hi Everyone!

I so enjoyed catching up on the blog this evening. "The Three Thirds" - 1973! Oh, how you ladies enjoyed teaching together, Lorraine, and think of all the children you've inspired over the years, including your own daughter! Born teachers! Now, 1973, that takes me back. Remember our special family trips to Hawaii, and, Lorraine, you were the most wonderful tour guide and always showed us such a fun time!

So happy to hear you enjoyed your special day - surrounded by your loving family!!! And the tropical fruit smoothie sounds very good - I'll have to try one.

How fun to hear that Ashlyn has started piano lessons and that she's going to practice every day. Two budding musicians and lots of music in your home. (By the way, Ashlyn, I've mailed the cookie money and it should arrive shortly. Good luck on earning your patch!)

May this coming day be a 4-star day for each and every one of you!

Beth :o)