Cards,  Grateful

Thank You

Dan’s 10th anniversary card to me, a letter pressed beauty by elum.

The outpouring of love and support has been absolutely unbelievable.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us via Facebook, email, phone, mail, this blog, and in person.
This is what my husband gets for being one of the loveliest people on the planet! :)
We recognize the need and desire for loved ones (and friends of loved ones) to help, and how hard it is to not know how to help but want to.  When a tornado destroyed my parent’s home and the neighborhoods of my hometown last November in Washington, IL, I felt the same way! I wanted to help but didn’t know what to do or how.  It took some time to figure out what I could do.
Please know that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to help organize help and we will very soon have a way to direct everyone to web sites, calendars, and/or contact persons for how best to help us.  We appreciate all the offers we have received. We are more than willing to use all resources and helping hands we can get, it will just take some time to establish the best way to do it.
We are learning HOW to ask for help and how to RECOGNIZE our needs. Dude is an Eagle Scout. And I’m kind of a slightly neurotic perfectionist. So we are used to doing things the way that we do them and being self-sufficient. So we just request a little patience as we learn our new skills and roles.
We are adjusting to our new reality and our #1 priority right now is giving Dan the medicine and treatment he needs and keeping me healthy to support him and take care of Raine. Dan and I are both temporarily off work and our new routine revolves around his medication schedules, radiation treatments, and maintaining a normal structured day with Raine as best as we can.
Leah Ruth


DIRK: Your attitude and love for one another is so inspiring…praying that somehow, something positive can come out of this terrible turn of events…in the meantime…kick that cancer right in the nutsack! 

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