I am so sorry I have not written in the past few weeks. I must say Ellie has been doing great though. She even flushed her own port and clipped her tube after she was given Chemo this past week. She also went to school for a full day this past week. My stomach was filled with butterflies the entire day. I was thrilled to hear her say she loved it and had so much fun. Thanks to Mrs. Duffy who took the girls out for a picnic lunch. I can not thank Mrs. Duffy enough for once again sacrificing her free time for Ellie.
Some other big news is Ellie is turning 8 this Sunday. Its hard to believe she was only 6 when she was diagnosed. So Ellie got a big surprise yesterday.
Yesterday was an amazingly fun day. After speech, we pulled up to our house that became a magical place for Ellie. All Ellie’s Friends, Parents, Ellie & Jake’s Teacher & many others were standing across the street ready to greet Ellie with this awesome surprise. Our Front Yard became a little pony Birthday Paradise.
At first I think Ellie was over whelmed but then she warmed up, thanks to Mrs. Duffy. I cannot thank Mrs. Duffy (Ellie’s Teacher) and Mrs. Landgrave (Jake’s Teacher) enough for coordinating such a great surprise. Both these teachers have become great friends to our family.
Jenna, Collins mother from Ellie’s class painted poster of Ponies, David, Zoe’s father from Ellie’s class painted a sign with a pony, Teachers and Friends planted tons of planters of flowers. Bows sticking from the ground, signs hanging every were wishing Ellie a Happy Birthday, and Ali Tucker a baker from Lemont donated unicorn cookies and a wonderfully delicious two tiered unicorn cake. At every post of purple bows laid a gift for Ellie to open. They thought of everything including a gift for Jake, so he didn’t feel left out, and a donation to the Ellie Fund. Oh and of course the biggest surprise of all, a pony. Yes there was a real pony thanks to one of Ellie’s classmate’s Christian’s, mom. Not only did they bring the pony over they even painted a heart and sparkles on its butt along with colorful hair extensions to make it look like My Little Pony. I think it was an even bigger surprise to the neighbors and passing cars. I cannot tell you how many people stuck there heads out the car windows and yelled a real Pony, most of them you would think it was there first time seeing a pony. Ellie was shy and scared of the pony at first but like everything else after a while she actually got up on the horse.
First thing Ellie did when she woke up this morning was go outside to look at everything once again. She told me she feels so special. Her cousins came over to see, and asked me if I would do it to there lawn for there birthday. I just giggled. This is a special birthday for Ellie she was six when she was diagnosed and now has made it a year and half battling this tumor.
Never did I dream when I held her in my arms eight years ago and they told me she was a healthy girl that she would become sick. Although this may seem like a nightmare on some days there are days like yesterday that we feel as if we are living a dream. It warms my heart every time I think of how loved Ellie is. Dave and I are so blessed to have Ellie in our lives.
We also feel blessed to live in a community that is so caring, loving, and supportive. Since the day Ellie was diagnosed it was evident that we had the support of the community, friends & Family. In the past year it keeps becoming more and more clear how incredibly supportive everyone has been. Lemont has it struggles, but I wouldn’t live in any other community. If you ever question why you live in Lemont, come live in my shoes for a day and see how amazing this community is. I am so grateful. I posted a few pictures I got. I didn’t get many; hopefully everyone will send some my way. The Patch of Lemont will be running the story on Monday along with some pictures. Thank you Again to everyone who made Ellie’s Birthday so special.
A mother with a battle ahead of her.