My name is Marie Grim and I am Tania’s sister-in-law. I have the honor of speaking for her and the family through this blog for the next little bit. This will probably be the longest one from me so grab a coffee or tea 😄
For those of you who have been reading it from her perspective I am sorry it switches gears a little bit. You will still get to hear how she is doing. I know her writing, the realness of how she writes and her truth has been definitely something that has touched many people❤️
I thought it was fitting that a blog came today on Day 1 of this new step. Today was a big day. The first day of chemo a chemo that will basically bring her down to nothing and get her body ready for the transplant. A big day for her and her family as they have long-awaited the stem cells. And finally a big day for Tania and Aaron as they celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary.
Tania didn’t have the greatest sleep, nor did she have the greatest breakfast, but she definitely had some of the greatest nurses! When her mom and I arrived this morning she had broken out the coloring. The “beast” was in full swing and the chemo was dripping. She enjoyed some time in the chair with us as she is determined not to lay in bed this round. We had the fun of picking her meals and hanging out with one of her favorite nurses, Robbie😄 By the way she is seriously famous on the 15th floor! She’s a very joyful patient. They all love her. The nurses from the other floors are planning to come visit her and the patient that was across from her for the last day is also going to come visit her… she is a legend on that floor!!! And I’m sure we all know why❤️ Tania brings something to this cancer journey: Faith, Hope and Love! Yes it may sound cliché but if you know Tania you know it is true. OK now back to her day. Her numbers have dropped a little.. that is as medically accurate as I can get. By the afternoon she had a little bit of a chemo glaze. She kind of forgets what she’s talking about midsentence, she forgets names, she looks a little tired… but we still found the opportunities to laugh❤️. We thought it was a good time to leave and give her some rest… unfortunately without our presence she got nauseous .. well actually we knew it was bound to happen with the chemo. By this evening they had given her medication to help it and she’s feeling a little bit better. Later this evening her family came for a visit and showered her with love❤️. She was excited to hear about their time at school, cuddle with Aaron on the hospital bed and give all her kids hugs❤️.
I’m pretty sure many have you thought about Tania lots today. For me it came in the quiet times when I was driving, listening to music, talking about our visit with friends…. that the tears came upon me. There was a time when there was no donor. There was a time when the anticipation was so great my heart ached. Through all this nothing but continual reliance on His plan was often the only thing keeping my soul sane. I find myself overwhelmed with so many people willing to help their family. People that have never met her people who love her and just good people with big hearts. Since day one the community of support has been huge!
I’ve been asked a lot lately what they need … here are a few ideas:
1. Prayer.. and lots of it❤️
2. An email or a text with kind words and support. Maybe tough for her to reply depending on the day but know that she has received it.
3. There’s going to be a lot of travel to and from the hospital gas cards are an amazing thing for their family… their van is a bit of a gas 🐷
4. Restaurant gift cards are also awesome especially if they deliver as then Aaron does not need to go out!
5. We have started “a card a day” for Tania. If you would like to send some words on a card, a note anything really that fits in an envelope and somehow get it to me or Leanne, we will make sure she has them. She is only allowed to open one a day and is taking all her might 😄. She really has enjoyed them and looks forward to them.
If ever you would like to get anything to their family feel free to get in touch with me or any family member from either side of the family and we will gladly make sure they get it.
There is a stem cell Drive in honor of Tania this Friday from 330 to 8 PM and Langley. Email me if you would like more details. If you would like us to pass on anything to to the family you can always drop it off at the stem cell drive and we will get it to them .
Tania and Aaron often talk about the many people out there in this world that have done so much in a variety of ways for their family it is truly a blessing. They know there is many prayers for their family and they are very thankful.
I promise I will keep it shorter next time. Thank you for reading and I hope you have finished your coffee.
A few pics from the day: