On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Things are busy

Wow! I cannot believe how much support we are receiving while Erin is fighting against her Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I am so thankful for all of you praying for us and for Erin. Every time I chek my texts, my voicemail, my answering machine, open my email or facebook I find a gazillion messages from our family, friends, and even friends of friends offering their support and letting us know that they are praying for us. I know that God will support us in our trials, in our troubles, and our afflictions (Alma 36:3)

Today I had to leave Erin and go to Logan for my last cello recital. I have spent the last few years learning concertos, sonatas, and other various works for violin, cello, bass, viola, tuba, trombone, and flute. I have done countless performances through it all. I wonder if someday I will learn to play the cello though, I am so drawn to it's beautiful deep sound and I have spent almost this entire last year solely doing cello music.

I have enjoyed accompanying so many fine musicians. I am thankful for their teachers: Anne Francis, Dr. James McWhorter, Julie Huppi, Dr. Mark Emile, Dr. Todd Fallis, Will Fedkenheuer, Rebecca Fuller, and Loralyn Staples for letting me create beautiful music with their students. I would love to list all of the talented musicians that I have played for, but I fear there would not be room enough here, but each of them have a special place in my heart. There are a few though that I have accompanied for 5 years: Sweet Holly Morgan who is almost my sister was one of my first and last cellists to accompany and a big thank you Paul Kang for making me learn almost every cello concerto I know in a night's notice. There are many others that I have spent multiple years working with: Janice and Justin Kim, Koning and Konlin Shen, Corbin Evans, the cello chickens at USU, and so many others that have touched my life.

I have learned many things from this amazing opportunity. It gave me such pleasure sitting behind each musician as I helped them create a beautiful musical experience. For now, I am going to put my accompanying skills on the shelf. I will be putting a special part of me away for awhile and I hope that someday it can come out and play again!

Tags: "Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia" "AML" "Leukemia" "M7" "Acute Megakaryocytic Leukemia"

1 comment:

  1. I am amazed that you have been able to keep up your music so well. Even if it isn't in your fingers every day, it will still be in your ears and in your heart.