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

Friday, January 25, 2008

Play it again Ashlyn!

Here is our little pianist...Aunt Beth would be so proud...our discussion at the dinner table includes Italian words like, "Mezzo forte", "Cresscendo", and "Diminuendo" (apologies to our Italian speakers for any misspellings!) Ashlyn deligently practices daily, and has offically learned a very jazzy version of the ever popular, "Hot Cross Buns!"

For all my mom's loyal readers, she is doing well today! We spent 3 hours at the eye doctors figuring out how best to improve her vision. The tumor affected her entire right side field of vision so when she writes letters, her writing goes off the page. When walking she bumps into doors, etc...This will probably get worse in time, but she wanted to get fitted for new glasses to help the remaining vision she has.

We got her wig ordered today as well. Many people were asking about her full head of hair despite brain surgery, chemo, and radiation. Just as predicted, at the end of the 2nd week of treatment, her hair is falling out. Since she never really lost all her hair 20 years ago when she underwent chemo, she is hoping this time will be similar. Just in case, the caps and hats are ready to go, and the wig is on it's way!

Her doctors continue to be pleased with her attitude and progress. She never feels sorry for herself in anyway, but wants to live life fully everyday. I don't think I can keep up with her! She makes friends with everyone she meets, and has signed herself up for Stamp Camp, water exercise, a Mardi Gras dinner, etc...I keep trying to talk her into a nap!

We are taking her to Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend. We will rent a wheel chair so we can push her along to see all the sights. She is thrilled, and can't wait to see something other than Longmont and all the doctors offices!

Hmmm, I wonder what is keeping her on the go and fueling her desire to fill her days with busy activities...perhaps it is Ashlyn's piano playing? Nah, Ashlyn plays wonderfully, but after the 20th time hearing Hot Cross Buns, it would be impossible for anyone to take a nap! :-)

1 comment:

Bev. said...

Oh what fun it can be to have a wig....Just think of the different hair styles and color one can have. Lorraine you are very special, not all of us has that choice....Will Ashlyn play us a tune at the party...I would love to hear her. I have a great niece who plays.....Lorraine you are truly an Angle of God also...May God keep a close watch over you and your family.....Beverly