High Res Summer Trip North 2010 (151 of 167), originally uploaded by Lori-Lynn Navarro.
I have absolutely treasured the moments with my sister these last few weeks. It’s so good to spend time with her, to laugh, to cry, to see her getting better, gathering her energy again, seeing her plan for her future. She has been through so much this year. This cancer has been a huge battle that she is still fighting. The hard part is not over, it’s getting easier, but it’s not finished. She still has a lot of side effects from her treatments. I think a lot of people think she is all better, because she looks better. Reality is that she is still in a lot of pain, that she gets nauseous and sick several times a week, she still has a feeding tube, she can’t swallow very much of anything, she gets tired very easily, she had to go to the doctor just this week for a side-effect that is still causing her pain in her mouth, and she is hardly back to normal. The truth about my sister is that she is a fighter. She is not giving up. She wants her life back, not the one that she had because she’s grown and changed due to this cancer, but a new one that she desires, one with joy, and hope, and love. One filled with plans of living out her dreams, with many happy and pain-free days ahead of her, with friends and family that love her and want the best for her. I’m so extremely proud of her. Look at how beautiful she is. I’m so grateful to God that He has a plan in all of this. She is going to beat this and thrive!
Beautifully said Lori-Lynn! Indeed Kelli is a fighter, and when she has been to tired or ill to fight God has carried her. We are all blessed to know and pray for Kelli and your entire family through this journey. I know times are still challenging, but my goodness, she has come so far – and there is a plan. How great is our God! Love you.
I love you so much, my amazing sister! You have been more of a foundation to me during this time than you will ever realize! I have truly enjoyed the past couple of weeks and will always treasure that you were the one I was with when I first experienced the fabulous “Wicked!” Thank you for making my “Kick Cancer In The Butt” trip so fulfilling! You won the prize for making me cry today!…but I’ll get you back again soon! 🙂 Thank you for always being there for me despite the humongous ups and downs not only of my physical self but my emotions as well. Love you!