Sunday, December 13, 2009


This last weekend was a bit of a crazy one. On Thursday night my Aunt Lisa was not feeling well. She went to the doctor and they ran some tests on her. It was determined that she needed to be life flighted up to the Huntsman Caner Institute diagnose what she had. After running a few more test is was determined that she has Leukemia. Obviously, this is not the news our family wanted to here. It has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for us. Although it is Leukemia, it is the type that she can still live a long life with. We are so GRATEFUL for this.
For those of you who know my Aunt Lisa, you know that she has already been through different type of cancer battle before, so to hear that she is going to have to go through it again is a little disheartening. But as we learned before, our family is going to blessed for it. The last time that she had cancer was a huge turning point for my Dad, and was a big motivator for him to come back to the Lord and the Gospel. I remember talking to my Aunt Lisa about it, and she said she would go through it all again and that it was all worth it, to help bring my Dad back. I LOVE and ADMIRE her so much for this. My Aunt Lisa is an amazing example to me and how I would like to be. Honestly, she is one of the most giving, loving, positive, and accepting person that I know. I love her.
This past weekend also reminded me what a great family that I have. I am so grateful that the Given side of my family has such a close relationship with each other. I don't feel like a lot of families have that, and I am so lucky too. My Dad, Grandparents, cousins, and Aunts were all up here to support my Aunt. Our family seriously gives sooo much love and support to each other that I know we will always be taken care of. I think the hospital thought we were crazy because there were so many of us, and we were laughing and giggling probably a little too much. But that is what makes us happy :) We even got kicked out one night for being too loud! haha!
I honestly hope that everyone will take a second to tell your loved ones how much you love them, as cliche as that sounds, because it truly does make a difference.


Jaime Perry said...

I love this post, Miss Nikki. Families are, in my opinion, our greatest tool for survival. I'm happy you got to spend some time with your fam, and I'm sure they were grateful to spend some time with you!! Love you.