Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Don't Cry Because It's Over, Smile Because It Happened!
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Friday, January 18, 2008
Andrea Louise Larson Forsyth 1947-2008
Andrea was born September 9th, 1947 in Havre, Montana to Andrew Walter Larson and Loretta Ann Menge.
She married her eternal companion, Douglas Richard Forsyth, in the Salt Lake City Temple on November 3, 1967. They resided in Orem for thirty-six years where they happily raised their five children.
Andrea was blessed with many gifts and talents. She loved singing and the performing arts. She enjoyed gardening, and was a wonderful cook and seamstress. Andrea playfully referred to herself as a “Domestic Goddess”! She was an active member of the Sharon Park 2nd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in a number of positions over the years. She was a strong supporter of Scouting and a proud mother of three Eagle Scouts and one “Brownie”.
Andrea gave ten years of service to the Alpine School District, through her tireless effort serving on the school board. She was referred to as the “Champion for students with disabilities”. She co-founded the “ Possibilities Unlimited” Conference, to help other parents of children with special needs.
Andrea is survived by her children, Douglas Richard Jr. (Jodi), Colorado; Darren Scott (Jamie), Saratoga Springs; Daniel Patrick (Emily) Nevada; Alisha Louise Heath (Corbet), Highland; Dustin Michael, Orem, seventeen grandchildren, and many loving family and friends.
She has been re-united with her husband, parents, two brothers, two brothers-in-law, and two nephews.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude for the LDS Hospital Bone-Marrow Transplant Team for their tireless efforts in caring for our mother.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 2:oo in the Sharon Park 2nd Ward Chapel, 200 North 200 East in Orem. Friends may call Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olphin Mortuary, 495 South State St. Orem, and also one hour prior to the services at the Ward chapel on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
I am so sorry
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Not a whole lot has changed. Still not responsive, white cell count is continuing to rise.
Love you all,
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
January 15th, 9:15am
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Thank You for Fasting
Nothing really new to write, one step forward, two steps back. Doug and I are sitting here waiting for the Doctors to come in and tell us everything is going to be O.K. That is what I am hoping for.
Love you all,
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I sorry I haven't written for some time, but it feels like I have talked to most of you on the phone. I have been there almost everyday in the past week. I have seen a steady decrease in functions and speech, which Dr. Asch saw also. Yesterday they did a Lumbar Puncture, or Spinal Tap, they saw nothing out of the ordinary there. I have mixed feelings about that, I was hoping for some infection that they could fix and everything would be fine. But on the other hand she has no Lymphoma in there either, Yea! They are still leaning toward toxicity in the cerebellum, causing a little swelling, that is why the speech is gone, and her head is bobbing. We are hoping this is the problem and everything will be fine too.
Thank you all so much for love and concern for Mom and the rest of us. I have been very scared and heartbroken by this pothole in her journey, but also very comforted by family and friends.
Thank you Aunt Gwen for rallying the troupes, and Sheree for the idea of the alphabet chart for communication.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Mom has been moved
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Taking A Turn
I talked to mom on New Years Eve and everything was going good, she had just finished the forth and final round of chemo. She was tired and was looking forward to the new year, she said 2008 is going to be great. Then at 8:30a.m. on New Years day I received a call from the nurse saying that mom had been moved to ICU because she was having multiple seizures and that I should come up to the hospital. We I got there she was still seizing and had bitten her tongue and lips, her mouth was all bloody. She was still making sense, but was having a hard time talking. After a lot of test they have determined that there wasn't a stroke or infection, it was a drug interaction between two of the chemo drugs. She was still having small seizers when I left today at 1:00 p.m., they hopefully will subside as the chemo drugs leave her body. We are still concerned about her neurological function, a lot of slurring of words and she can't tract with her eyes. We have a great team of brilliant doctors that are working on getting her back. I have faith that 2008 is still going be great, can it get any worse? Knock on wood!
Thank you for your concern and many prayers,
Alishap.s. She was moved to room#.... E639, on the six floor, same room as Scott Christensen (he is a neighbor from Orem).