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March 11, 2015. Day +1461. Four years since transplant!!!   1 comment

photo (1)It was 4 years ago today that Charlotte received her second chance at life because of a stem cell transplant from a complete stranger.  Since then, that stranger has become an integral part of our lives.  We skype with Erin as often as we can and Charlotte and Molly just adore her.  She has been a true blessing to our family and she has touched our lives in a way that few people can truly understand.   DSC08885

I apologize again for being neglectful of the blog recently.  With the amount of time we’ve spent indoors this year, I should have a pile of good excuses for the delays in posts but I don’t.  It has been a busy and fun, albeit cold winter.  We had a happy and fun Christmas holiday and enjoyed getting together with family and friends.  The girls got most of what was on their Christmas lists, and I don’t know that our house can hold any more.  But both of them have been getting much better at letting some of their older toys go to other homes, so we are slowly working towards organized chaos when it comes to their rooms in the house.  Speaking of rooms, Amy and I decided that Molly was getting too big for her toddler bed so we started shopping around for different beds.  Before we were finished, we had located beds for both Molly and Charlotte (her bed has been broken for a while now so she needed something as well).  The problem was that the beds wouldn’t fit into their rooms very well so different plans had to be made.  We ended up completely clearing out Charlotte and Molly’s bedrooms and repainting both of them so they could swap rooms!  It was a pretty messy couple of weeks while we had both the family room and living room filled with toys, furniture, clothes, stuffed animals, and beds to assemble (one of them we had to let sit in my truck for a while because we just didn’t have the room!).  But both of the girls were very helpful in painting, moving and organizing their new rooms and they both seem to be very happy with where they are now!

DSC08888photo (2)Charlotte has been busy this winter participating in cheerleading and Girl Scouts.  Lots of weekend days have been taken up with volunteering at cookie booths.  Charlotte still has another week of cookie sales yet so if you are interested, let me know!  🙂  Her cheerleading team even got to cheer during halftime for the Varsity boys basketball team a couple of times this year.  They all did very well and looked like they had lots of fun out there.  Both Charlotte and Molly have been taking basketball lessons on the weekends.  Charlotte and her team are now playing games (with very minimal officiating), and she even scored her first two points last week!  It’s been a cold winter here so the girl’s time outdoors has been pretty scarce, but they still insisted on playing in the fresh snow when it fell.

Charlotte has also been chosen to be the Girl of the Year for Wisconsin Chapter of The Leukemia &Lymphoma Society.  It’s a wonderful honor.  But it means even more because she is paired up with Austin Schuetz from Fall River as he is Boy of the Year.  They are both such deserving kids and have incredibly inspirational stories.  We look forward to the LLS campaign this year and hope CJ and Austin have a great time!!

As for a couple of updates for the rest of the family…

I changed jobs in early February- leaving PDS where I have been for the last 11 years.  It was a very tough decision for me to make.  PDS has been nothing but wonderful to us DSC08911throughout this whole journey.  I don’t know where we would be without the support and dedication of my manager, Kyle.  He was able to keep me focused on my family and was instrumental in organizing the Love for Charlotte benefit shortly after her diagnosis.  He is a true friend and we wouldn’t be where we are without the help from wonderful people like him.  Thank you Kyle, for all you have done for us.

In January, Grandpa Elske ended up making another couple of visits to the urgent care/hospital because of chest pains and breathing problems.  After a few more appointments he was scheduled to undergo quadruple bypass surgery on January 20th.  He did well during the surgery and hospital stay and was able to come home on Grandma Elske’s birthday after spending just less than a week there!  He has been recovering at home and getting better and stronger every day.

Thank you again for checking in on us.

The Elskes

Posted March 11, 2015 by L. Elske in Uncategorized