Jordyn's Journey to Triumph Over ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia)

Monday, November 26, 2012

The second half of delayed intensification, delayed again...

Jordyn was supposed to go in on the 19th for chemo and an lp, but her counts were really low, so we had to cancel. Her anc was 100, and it needs to be at 750 to continue the treatments. We were kind of happy that we got to have a nice Thanksgiving without a really sick and miserable girl though. Clinic rescheduled her appointment for today, but again her counts are too low. She is at 500 now, so maybe next week she will get her chemo. It is nice sometimes to get a break, but at the same time, I worry more when she isn't getting the only medicine that is keeping the cancer at bay. I figured even though this is short, it would be good to update everyone. Even on our break things have been kind of rough for all of us. Jordyn is still having steroid withdrawls, which make her very emotional and grouchy sometimes. We are so grateful for everyones support and prayers.

Also, for those interested, a friend of mine from our ward has set up a fundraiser for this weekend. It is on December 1st, and there will be lots of crafty items, blankets, holiday decor, and lots of other fun stuff!

Here is the information:
Holiday Boutique for Jordyn Smith Sat, Dec 1, 2012. 9:00am-12:00pm. 1332 Creekhaven Dr. Riverton, UT 84065
100% of the money will go to Jordyn Smith's medical fund .
I still need items like, Home Decor, new or really good condition clothing for children or adults, bath and body items, toys preferably new but will take really good conditioned used toys, Christmas decorations, floral arrangements, etc.
PLEASE DROP OFF ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TODAY IF POSSIBLE. I WILL BE HOME FROM 11:45am-2:15pm and 3:30pm to 7:00pm. If you can't drop it off today just bring it when you are able to. Thanks so much!
You can call-801-446-6441 You can You can facebook me, Katrina Endrizzi
Share with family and friends, donate and come shop for Christmas!

And just for fun, here are some pictures.

Jordyn absolutely loves her dress ups, I am not sure she would make it through this without them.

And she adores ponies as well. She even took one to dance class with her, and lets them sleep in her bed. So I decided to put up pictures of her and two of her favorite things that help her cope with the cancer stuff she goes through.

Her little brother also has a favorite thing to do... He loves to color on things he is not supposed to... This time it was crayon on the dishwasher, usually it is marker on the couch... Or chalk on the walls... Or marker on himself... (I have no clue how he manages to get his hands on so many coloring objects, ugghhh... We love him anyway though.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Just for Jordyn Fundraiser Kickoff Review

Jordyn's fundraiser kick off went very well. We were amazed at all the support there was for us and our sweet little girl. There were games for the kids to play and booths to look at. I even decided to let Jordyn go... Under the condition that she wore her surgical mask and carried around hand sanitizer and used it frequently to prevent herself from getting sick. I actually felt at peace with this decision, which is odd, because usually I am worried sick anytime I take her anywhere because her immune system is so suppressed that I worry and feel super guilty afterwards. Anyway... She had an amazing time and really didn't want to go home, even when she was practically falling asleep. Eventually she realized she was completely exhausted and came up to me and said, "Can I go home now mommy?" I wish I had gotten more pictures while I was there...

We are so grateful for everyone rallying to help our family out. This has been a difficult journey for our entire family and it is wonderful to know that people are there for us. We are thankful for every thought, donation, and especially prayers for us. I also want to thank Jordyn's wonderful dance teacher, Judy Thompson of Back to Basics School of Dance for all of the time and effort and love she has put into helping out (both with fundraising and the special effort she makes to help Jordyn continue doing what she loves). Jordyn is so very blessed to have such wonderful people in her life.

We came home from the fundraiser and we were all pretty tired, but Jordyn had thankfully gotten a nap. Jordyn's aunt Ashlee had said she would shave her head when Jordyn's hair fell out, and so Jordyn made sure she did it while she was up here. Ashlee even let Jordyn do the shaving as much as she wanted. I should also mention that Jordyn's uncle Jon shaved his head in support of our little one as well, I just don't have the pic on my computer.

Jordyn loves her aunt Ashlee!

My kids enjoyed rubbing Ashlee's almost bald head.

I will try to update when I know how much was raised. I am not sure the amount yet, but I feel like it was super successful, and we are truly grateful. I am also going to remind everyone that she has another fundraiser coming up on December 1st from 9 am to noon at the Endrizzi Home: 1332 Creekhaven Dr. Riverton, UT 84065 Help Jordyn fight Luekemia. Donate items or come and shop. We will have all kinds of holiday decor, gifts, and baked goods . Please come and support this good cause and start your shopping off right for Christmas. I will post more reminders on this after Thanksgiving as well.

We will find out soon if Jordyn is on schedule for her next chemo treatment. If she is, she will also be getting treatments at home in this next stage. It is supposed to be one of the most difficult stages of treatment for Jordyn's type of cancer. When she starts, we will need love and prayers more than ever. Thank you everyone for your support, we greatly appreciate it!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Just for Jordyn Fundraiser Kick Off

Just for Jordyn Fundraiser Kick Off·By Back to Basics School of Dance
The location for all Saturday Nov 17th events will be held from 10:00 - 8:00 at the Midvale Boys & Girls Club 7631 So Chapel St (420 W) right behind Midvale Elementary. Remember to call if you want pictures. Saturday, November 17, 2012 Jordyn Smith is a 3 year old student at our studio. She has been diagnosed with Leukemia. We are hosting this fundraiser to help off set the costs of Jordyn's treatment. There are several events going on: *Craft & Bake Sale at the studio ~ Now through Nov 17th during studio hours Tues 4:30-6:30 Wed 10:00-1:00 & 5:00-9:00 Thurs 4:00-7:30 *Family Portraits ~ Nov 17th. Great time to update your family portrait! Professional protrait, 10x13 canvas textured and framed. JUST $12.95 entire amount goes to the fundraiser!! Call 801.835.8074 for appts *Boutique & Family Fun Day ~ Nov 17th 10:00 - 8:00 A wide variety of craft and product booths, plus lots of family fun with games, entertainment, face painting, cake walk, etc *Raffle ~ Nov 17th. $1 per ticket. Lots of great things will be given away. GRAND PRIZE ~ 2 ROUND TRIP TICKETS ON JETBLUE AIRWAYS!!! Contact any Back to Basic Student or Judy Thompson 801.835.8074 for details on any of the events. Ways you can help: *Donate to the craft and bake sale or stop by the studio and purchase something *Have your family portrait taken *get 5 free raffle tickets when you have your portrait done *Be a vendor at the boutique! Come to Boutique and the Family Fun Day! *Be sure to get into this raffle!!! Great Giveaways and everyone in the raffle will have a chance at the GRAND PRIZE!!! *Donations are gratefully accepted by any Back to Basics student or at any Wells Fargo Bank ~ Jordyn Smith Leukemia fund of Utah On behalf of Jordyn and her family ~ Thank you so much for your help, support, love and prayers

And I will leave you with a recent picture of Jordyn taken on Tuesday. She decided it was time to shave her head since most of her hair fell out on Monday, and there was just a little left.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

October to November 7th

I feel like everything has been super crazy around here lately, and I have had a hard time getting to writing blog entries, and especially adding pictures to them... Sorry I have been slacking on that part, I have just felt so overwhelmed with everything going on in our lives at the moment. Anyway...

If you are one of my friends on facebook, you have probably already seen these, but I will share for the rest of you...

Jordyn's little brother had colored all over himself with a marker, and I decided I needed to record the moment on the camera (we had a similar picture of Jordyn at about this age covered in pen). Well, I was just about done taking the pictures of him when Jordyn says she wants pictures of her too. I turn to find her also covered in marker...

The absolute worst thing about this incident was that she had pictures scheduled for the next morning for the canSURVIVE event thrown by needs beyond medicine, and come to find out the marker was NOT washable... Uggghhhh... I got her as clean as I could... And in case you were wondering her pictures turned out fabulously, and you may have even seen them on the news! It all ended up fine, but I was one stressed out mommy for about an hour until I was able to get her cleaned up. (guess they could have used photoshop if they had too...)

We were also able to get out of the house for a hope kids event. Hope kids is a wonderful organization that helps set up events for immunosuppressed kiddos and there healthy not sick families to go to with less risks of them catching an illness. It was a much needed outing for all of us.

Jacob (Jordyn's daddy) had a birthday on October 17th. We went to Jordyn's dance class as usual. (It is a private dance class and she has an amazingly understanding teacher whom we absolutely love) Anyway... After dance, we decided to go to a local pumpkin patch to celebrate Jacob's birthday and to get Jordyn out of the house for awhile longer. It was nice because we were pretty much the only people there, so we didn't have to be worried at all about crowds and germs. It was also nice because our garden pumkins we tried to grow didn't really turn out this year.

This is Jordyn showing off our new pumpkins and the small amount of pumpkins that did work from our garden. Her hair is crazy because she just took out her dance piggy tails and it just likes to stick up.

So Jordyn has gotten two more of her doxorubicin doses. Thankfully she seems to handle it without too much nausea. Her counts have definitely dropped, and she is currently neutropenic (she doesn't have much of an immune system at the moment to fight of illness). Her anc on Monday was 500, and it is sure to have dropped more since then from her chemo dose she got that day. Here are pictures from her chemo about a week ago.

She completely adored the tiny princess dolls because she could change there clothes and they came with a carriage and a horse. She actually was sad when we left that day because she had to leave them behind. I think it was even more fun since she was wearing her princess dress up.

She really wanted a picture by the purple flowers.

These next pictures are from Jordyn's last chemo. She will start the second part of Delayed Intensification in about two more weeks. Some of that chemo will be done at home, and she will most likely be getting chemo on Thanksgiving too since it is one that is given over a few days...

getting vitals

Waiting in the room... Here are some picture in case anyone wondered what it looked like... Plus, they forgot to write our name on the board, so we were waiting for a REALLY long time, and we had to break the monotony somehow...

This is Jordyn and her crown she made while we waited.

This is back in the infusing area/room. You can see the craft table in front of her iv pump, to the left is the nurses area/snack room, and to the right down the hall is the waiting room/check in area

This is doxorubicin, also know as the "red devil" or "red death" chemo. It has dropped her immune system down, but her other counts are hanging in there.

Typical miss Jordyn at chemo. She loves to go and get snacks, even if she doesn't feel well enough to eat them. I think she looks so tiny pushing/pulling around her iv cart... (she is usually very independent)

She does really well with not feeling to sick with the doxo, but the steroids have done a number on her... She is sooo very emotional... I often feel like I need mommy breaks because she has so many meltdowns while she is on steroids, and for about a week or two after she comes off of steroids. We had about 8 breakdowns yesterday JUST relating to chicken nuggets, not including all the others she had... Here are some pictures from chemo day this week... This is only a small sampling of what she and our family deal with day in and day out... My patience is definitely being tried and I am working really hard to stay as patient as I can because I know this isn't how my daughter really is when she isn't hopped up on steroids and beaten down with chemotherapy...

Long day of roid rage and extra clingy ness (not the cuddly kind, but the crawl all over and bounce and squish mommy to death kind) and super frustrated kiddos made it one of those nights I wish I could have had a girls night out or something... It is interesting how things that might make you laugh one day, totally make you want to cry on another day...

This was totally one of those things... (Ever try to clean partially dried ketchup off of almost every inch of a wiggly kid?... I have!)

This last two weeks have been especially hard. I can manage as long as I worry about one day at a time. Jordyn is an amazingly strong and tough kiddo... We can do hard things...

Jordyn has felt completely miserable all day. She seemed okay this morning and is just feeling and looking worse and worse as the day goes on... I took her to dance and she didn't feel up to doing anything so we went home... That is super unusual, since that is usually the highlight of her entire week. Tonight she is pale, and looks yellow and her eyes are all swollen, puffy and red underneath. She has spent almost the entire day sleeping, and when she is awake, she just lays in my arms whimpering... I am very worried about her, but I called clinic, and they had a nurse come out and do a cbc and a cmp(I think it is complete metabolic profile?). They were all fine, with exception of her anc, which I already knew was low. I also have my mommy sense telling me something is wrong, but maybe I am just overly stressed (maybe Jordyn is overly stressed?)... She is also going back to not talking and not reacting to people, including me and her daddy... This concerns me... I worry it might turn out like it did last time she did the silent treatment for a couple weeks...

This last picture is of her today, sitting on the couch and feeling miserable...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some of the girls in our ward brought Jordyn a special bag of candy and a card since she couldn't go trick or treating. So sweet!!! I am so blessed that I get to see people serving others, and serving my family. If only it were under different circumstances, but we appreciate everything, even the little things people are doing and have done for us sooo very much! Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers, and thank you to those who have brought us food, and special treats to brighten our days! I have a feeling I will get to see more of the good parts of the holidays than the bad this year! Last year I didn't appreciate the holidays as much as I probably should have because I let the crowds and rudeness some people express when they are doing holiday shopping get to me. I can already tell it will be quite a different experience this year, and it will be okay, maybe even better with us being stuck at home (and of course the occasional trip to the hospital for Jordyn to get chemo...).

Anyway... It has been awhile since I last posted... Things have actually been going alright lately. The first part of Delayed Intensification hasn't been too awful. She has handled it better than she did her last phase of treatment. She has had better counts, and less nausea... But, the doctor told us the worst part is the second part of delayed intensification. Next week will be her last week getting chemo for the first part of it, but the second part starts right around Thanksgiving, as long as her counts are good enough. During this next part of delayed intensification, she will be getting two new chemo's, and one of those will be administrated at home a few days in a row. New chemo's always make me nervous, because it is unknown how her body will react, and how she is going to handle it emotionally. From what I have heard from other cancer moms, and read on other cancer blogs, Delayed intensification gets to be pretty miserable, so we shall see... I have decided that with cancer, there are so many variables, and unknowns that make us cancer families and our little ones play the waiting game. We have had a hard time not being able to get out much, and when we occasionally do decide to take Jordyn somewhere, we have to deal with the extreme anxiety and guilt that she may get sick. We are part of that "special" group of people who they immediately put in a triage room when we go to the er (which happens every time our cancer cuties have a fever) just to protect them since there is always a good chance that a fever means their immune systems are completely shot and they could get sick very easily and have a hard time fighting off infections. We are also in the special group who gets to cancel doctors appointments with less than 24 hours notice if counts are to low to get chemo. Our doctors are very lenient in what we feed our cancer cuties. The most important thing right now is calories. Since food tastes differently, favorite foods aren't always the favorites anymore, and appetites go from not hungry at all to can't stop eating everything in site because of rounds of steroids...

And I got off on a really long tangent there for a minute... Sorry about that... Anyway... Jordyn has had a bunch of energy and with the 7 days of steroids she was on, she has put the weight she lost during interim maintenance back on, so that is very good.

Some Halloween Fun

He is a picture of some of Jordyn's toys mixed with some gifts from people over the last few months mixed with some Halloween items.  Happy Halloween!


3 Pumpkins made of fabric
1 Pumpkin with bumps
1 Ariel
2 Frogs
1 Purple cat
1 Skull
4 Penguins
1 Rainbow Dash
1 Eyeball in a plastic ball
1 Pig
2 Purple flowers with a yellow center
3 Spiders
4 Paper butterflies
2 Pillow Pet butterflies
1 Rainbow teddy bear
2 Hats
1 Metal with a green ribbon