Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Mykensie is officially done with her last segment of her two-part cancer treatment! As of yesterday, she had her last radiation treatment. She started radiation May 12 and had it daily

M-F for four and a half weeks. She has some killer tattoos to show from the treatments now. Well, not really, they just look like moles- small and circular- but she can still act all BA since she has them. She is BA because she is super woman and made it through six months of chemo, 1.5 months of radiation, and several weeks of tests and agonizingly long Dr. appointments all while staying in school full time, being on scholarship (which means she kept her amazing straight A grades), and working. She also did all of this far, far away from most of our family- yes, we were there when we could be, but for the most part she had to do it alone, which killsme. She is awesome though and we LOVE her! Thanks for all of the prayers, support, concern, and care everyone contributed on her behalf!

She will have some CT scans here in the next few weeks to see what the end results are (we pray they are good). But for now, we will just celebrate her being DONE!!!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

CT Results

Mykensie received the results of her CT scan at her last treatment. The Dr. delivered good news in that her cancerous masses have been reduced by at least 50%, which means the treatment is working and she is on track to recovery! We are so thankful!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year!

Mykensie had a treatment Christmas Eve, so Mom and Dad drove down to be with her and celebrated Christmas at Cody and Camie's apartment. Mom and Dad drove Mykensie back to Oregon with them and she was able to visit in Bend for about a week before returning to school. It was nice for her to see friends and family.

Her treatments are starting to build on each other and the effects have been hitting her more quickly now. She used to not feel uncomfortable until the 3rd day. Now, she can feel it the night of treatment, but she is still making it through. Thankfully, she has still been able to stay on schedule for chemo. She had a little scare over Christmas break with an infection in her mouth, but once attended to with some antibiotics it cleared up quickly.

As of her treatment yesterday, she is now officially halfway done with chemotherapy! There are six treatments left, and if she is able to stay on schedule she will be through on April 1st! Just in time for her to prep for finals and not have to worry about feeling so awful! The Dr. has order a CT scan within the next couple of weeks to see the effects the chemo is having on the cancerous masses. Mykensie says she already feels like they have gone down, so we hope that is the case!

Mykensie is settled back at BYU for the winter semester. She has lessened her credit load to 10 credits and work is being very flexible with her situation and allowing her to work less hours as well. She is such a trooper!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Long Overdue Update!

Sorry! Yes, Mykensie is still alive and, for the most part, well. It has been a very busy last few weeks with all of the holidays and she has had several visitors.

Mykle and Kannon flew out from Kansas to be with her for her treatment the day before Thanksgiving and then stayed a week later as well. It was so nice to have some sister bonding. Mom and Dad also drove down from Oregon for the Thanksgiving holiday. We feasted and enjoyed one anothers company!

Mykensie at her treatment. As you can see, her hair is still holding on strong! The Dr. adamantly told her all of it would be gone by day 14...well roughly 2 months later it's still there! It is thinning a bit, and they said she would eventually loose all of it, but I guess she is one of the very few lucky ones who gets to enjoy it a while longer. She looks stunning, wouldn't you say?
Dad and Kenz after her treatment. She is still all smiles!
Mykle and Mykensie. You can see her bandage over her port site on her chest. They pump all sorts of colorful chemicals and IV's into the site. The whole process takes about 1.5-2 hours each treatment.
After her treatment we feasted at Tucano's Brazilian Restaurant, which Mykensie loves since they have some of the foods she enjoyed while studying in Brazil.

We had a low-key Thanksgiving since Mykensie had her treatment right before. She reacted well again, which is so good. She slept a lot of the weekend, but we did manage to take short walk outside for some fresh air to This is the Place Park in SLC, UT.

For Mykensie's December 10th treatment, she was accompanied by Felice. Felice is the mother of Mykensie's best friend Lindsay, who passed away 3 years ago over Christmas. Felice flew in from Oregon and stayed the week, pampering Kenz. She had a great time and is so grateful for all of the love and support pouring in from family and friends.

Mykensie also made it through finals and her fall semester at BYU! She was fearful of suffering grades as she approached finals week, as she hasn't been able to devote as much time to her studys as she would have liked. Miraculously, she got an A in her Physiology class even though she had fallen behind on over 300 pages of text book reading. She sped read through the information the day before the test, said a prayer and faced the beast...and conquered! She is so amazing and smart.

She has decided she wants to stay next semester at BYU and not take one off. Since the reaction to her treatments (beside her very first one) have been bearable, she is going to take a light class load. She was supposed to graduate this next semester, but it looks as if it will be pushed back to summer. She really has been so blessed to be able to juggle school and work and to keep her health between each treatment as to not get off schedule. Thank you for all of the prayers, thoughts, and concern through her battle!

More pictures and post are to come- I promise to keep better updates!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Second Round

Kenz was supossed to have her second round of chemo on the 5th of November, but it got postponed to last Thursday the 12th. In between scheduled treatments, she came down with a nasty virus causing her to lose 11lbs and become dehydtrated, which made her unfit to recieve treatment. They gave her time to heal and she was able to go in on Thursday. Thankfully, she is feeling much better.
Mykensie had a nice surprise when her best friend from Oregon drove all the way to Utah to visit with her for the weekend. I think it was just what she needed!

Mykensie and Megan
Trying on one of her new wigs! Though, she hasn't quite lost her hair yet.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

The New Do

It looks fabulous!

Mykensie decided to cut her hair in preparation for losing it. She donated 20 inches of her beautiful hair to Locks of Love.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bone Marrow Results

Good news! No traces in her bone marrow.