to read part 4 click here The next three years were filled with some of the hardships of life. First, I ripped cartilage in my knee and had surgery. Then, a disc in my neck ruptured, causing excruciating pain and loss of function in my right arm. I had another surgery. After recovery from that, […]
to read part 3 click here One thing that Melody wanted to do before she died was go fishing. The only edible fish potentially biting in February were steelhead. We knew that she probably only had two days left when she would have enough strength to even step into the boat. Her dad spent the […]
to read part 2 click here (Melody shaves Grandpa) (Melody and Beth, her next youngest sister) After 15 months of treatments and the associated complications, the cancer was under control. We just had to wait and find out if it stayed under control. We didn’t have to wait long. Within two weeks there was evidence […]
For part 1 click here (Melody in isolation) I was determined to put my college education to the ultimate use and keep Melody out of the hospital as much as possible. There were still several periods of hospitalization. The first was the two weeks when she was first diagnosed. She needed multiple blood transfusions and […]
In late May of 2001, our newly 12 year old daughter, Melody, showed disturbing signs of illness. She had had a low grade fever the day before and seemed a bit weak. This day her temperature spiked to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and a thin walled blister, the size of a large pea, appeared on her […]
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Melody’s Life Savings
No one wants to hear that their child is sick - and the word 'cancer' is even worse. Written by her mother, Melody's Life Savings is the true story of the family's journey together during the illness and the impact of Melody's small legacy. Excerpts from Melody's journals and personal correspondence are included.