|(241) kathy wiehe
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:17:17 +0000
Sorry its been such a rough time for you. I am glad you are gaining weight! That’s great! In my line of business I usually can’t cheer people on for gaining wt! Also, I can’t believe you, Blake and all the rest of your school buddies will soon be on the road…behind the steering wheel. I let Blake drive with me to and from the Jeremy Store now. I know, its not that exciting! He will soon have his permit and I suppose I will have to loosen the shoe strings. You take care and keep putting on the pounds!
Kathy and family
|(242) kevin graham
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:19:31 +0000
Hey, Kevin. Hope that bit by bit, you can keep adding on the weight and eating new foods. Sounds like you’re getting there, although it is going more slowly than you hoped.
We hope your progress continues on a steady path and that you are back to normal before you know it. We’re thinking of you.
Uncle Kevin, Aaron and Lex
|(243) charla brown
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:20:08 +0000
hey kevin – it’s your friend charla here from backcountry.com. thanks for much for your personal post – i always enjoy reading your messages so i’m glad your mom got you to do that. so, i had to laugh about your math comment. you really just can’t get away from it no matter what, can ya? when i was younger, i dreamed of being an astronomer… then i found out it was really all just math so i quickly ran the other way as fast as possible only to end up in school forEVER studing statistics (of all things). i guess i should have stuck with the stars anywho, don’t give up on soccer and the picc line will go away at some point – i have no doubt that you’ll have an interesting perspective on life from this point on and will be super understanding of others going through similar things. (i always try to see the silver lining – it drives my family nuts). hang in there!
|(244) Katherine Campana
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:20:47 +0000
There’s many days that I still wonder how you are doing, but because of my inability to get to your web site, I’ve sent cards, so now that I’ve finally figured it out, perhaps I can keep in better touch. Sorry, computers are sometimes my nemisis. Sounds as though things are beginning to be better for you, but also know it’s a long haul yet and although the piik is a inconvience, a necessity, but you have a great attitude and you’ll get thru this. Wow, the weight gain sounds great, I’d gladly give you some of mine, Ha!
We’ve been out to CA for our grandsons graduation from Marine Boot Camp on Nov. 26th. Quite an impressive graduation day and he’s such a ‘gung ho’ for his military assignment. Besides he’s focused youngman and a fine fella, but of course we as grandparents are parcile, Yeh!
Continue to follow the Dr. directions and take care so you can soon be the ‘teenager’ that you want to be, with no limits on stamina, scholarship or foods you can finally eat.
Know we’re thinking of you and send our love and bestwishes. Fondly, Frank & Katherine Campana
P.S. Hello to the rest of your family and know they are your support life line and cheerleaders!!!!
|(245) Brian Hollinger
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:21:18 +0000
Glad to hear of the new pounds Kevin!
Jeez I got outta UT just in time first Phil on the roads and now you too? Ya know I think your Aunt Jackie could use a booster seat when she drives because she is so short so if you have to buy one send it to FL for her after you have your weight back. Keep those spirits and the weight up!
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Brian and Jennifer
|(246) Todd Williams
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:21:50 +0000
It has been many years since we have seen each other. It has been so long that it is very doubtful that you have any memories of me at all. I still hold very clear memories of you! I will never forget your birth, because not long after you were born the Northridge earthquake shook Los Angeles at 4:30am on January 17th. I was with you and your Mom and your Brother for several days right after that helping out at your home. I had no children of my own, but I was an experienced Uncle who attended and assisted at the birth of my Sister’s first child and had changed many diapers and logged many hours rocking and comforting my nieces and nephews who were thousands of miles away in Ohio.
So your life began surrounded by tremendous drama and trauma. But that was not who you were, that was just an experience you had.
I now understand that this past year you have experienced some very serious health challenges. With all due respect to the pain and suffering you have felt and are still feeling, I say to you again (in all sincerity) that this illness is not who you are, it is an experience you are having. Sure, that’s easy for me to say, because the last time I saw you was when you were a baby. (We also spent a weekend camping together – you, your brother, Mother, Father, my wife (Tish) and me.)
Yet, in those brief moments together, it was very easy for me to see who you were and who you would become. And I have no reservations about who you are today. As a newborn Kevin, you were and remain today the very best of your Mother, your Father, your Brother, your Grandparents and your Aunts and Uncles – the best of everyone of us who has been touched by your life. No matter whether you remember us or not.
So when you feel the pain and exhaustion and loneliness of what you are facing, please know that is not who you are. No matter what you experience, I see you as being safe and loved . Just as you had no idea of our connection, you are surrounded by many, many others who know who you are and who also see you as being safe and loved! In all the drama and trauma you have and are experiencing, this is easy for me to see and believe because you are God’s Beloved and we share in that inheritance which guarantees the eternal and everlasting nature of our souls.
In this coming new year as your body heals and you reach new levels of vitality, that is still not who you are. It still remains an experience you are having.(All your experiences come together to make -up your life and let you express who you are) Perhaps one day we will see each other again. Until then, I hold the memories and feelings of who you are in my heart. With Love & Blessings,
Today I am responsible for five (5) children of my own and 17 Nieces and Nephews. This past year my Nephew Andrew Todd (17 yrs old) lost a kidney. This was a very painful and challenging experience for him. Not who he is. My son Jerry (7 yrs old) is blessed with an extra chromosome (Downs Syndrome). He will experience this everyday for the rest of his life. It is not who he is!
|(247) Reg Hollinger
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:23:55 +0000
Wow! What great news in your most recent Caring Bridge update! And to think you’ve returned to the SLOPES for a couple of trial runs. Now THAT’S PROGRESS! We are delighted to hear the news! We pray for continued progress. Happy New Year INDEED!
Cousin Reg and Janice Hollinger
|(248) Deb Corrigan
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:24:40 +0000
Yea! Happiest of holidays to you and all your family! The whole bunch of you are tough cookies! Guess that’s all you wanted for Christmas!
love, The Corrigans
|(249) Kathy Swenson
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:25:12 +0000
We are so glad to hear that life is getting a little easier and back to normal. We continue to keep you in our prayers and cheer you on. You are a fighter and a survivor…you are a Whiting! We look forward to hearing more good news in the next update. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you only the best in the coming year! Cheers! The Swensons
Gig Harbor, WA
|(250) Becky Kearns
Mon, 11 July 2011 21:25:43 +0000
I am so happy to hear – FABULOUS news at the holidays. You are an amazing family with unbelievable strength, faith, and hope. Congratulations on such great success in your long journey to recovery and Kevin, congratulations for fighting through all of this and regaining your strength and eating – YAHOO on getting a few ski runs in – that is AWESOME.
Happy New Year to the Whiting family. You deserve an outstanding 2009.