Thursday, March 9, 2017
Going to make this an early update. Today Parker was tired. Like tired down to his bones. He slept for half of the day only to wake up, shower and spend time with family that came to visit him. I know how tired he was and I kept asking him if he was OK only for him to say he's fine. He was pale and weak and kept on going. He hardly ate today, with crippling fatigue comes loss of appetite.
Now, today was also a big night for our family. The Stafford Township PTO sponsored the 4th annual Dodgeball Tournament. It's a pretty big deal in our little community. It's a chance to see your favorite teacher, parent, coach or police officer play against each other. The whole town comes out for it and it is a ton of fun. This year, our PTO was raising money from the 50/50 ticket sales to be donated in honor of Parker. Our beloved friends were there selling tshirts, bracelets and car decals in honor of Parker. The amount of people who already had tshirts on, bought tshirts and placed orders was astonishing. This boy, my boy, with a heart of gold has made such an impact on so many people they are standing behind him with their prayers and undeniable support. Parker was not feeling up to going tonight and it was against my best wishes for him to go but he insisted. He pushed himself to go and was rewarded by all of his friends - they all miss him so much. All of the teachers and parents and kids just hugging him and high fiving him saying they were so happy to see him. I haven't really been out a lot since his diagnosis. I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks because I am completely and utterly overwhelmed by the power of kindness and love given by all. The hugs from all of my friends were real, deep down in your heart hugs that were felt from within. I don't think anyone will truly realize how much we appreciate all of the love and support we have been given. I will never be able to say "thank you" enough. Those words will never be enough. #powerofparker #lifewithparker #1