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I haven't told many people this, but on September 26th, when I had my first seizure I saw my Dad (he went to heaven in 1995). That night I felt him comforting me. All this to say, I feel like my journey is not done here and there is a lot for us to do. God's plan is greater than we can imagine. I want to remind everyone today, please remember to be bold in prayer and that our God is a God of miracles. A miracle is what we're expecting! Thank you for being a part of it.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!
November 14, 1931 - August 5, 1995
 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."     Matthew 11:28-30
Here's mom in the radiation waiting room on Friday, making other people's days! We are so thankful for a living example of Christ's comfort and love. She is one incredible woman, right?
This weekend was a good weekend with lots of rest. On Friday morning, we had a very early, very sweet and much needed prayer meeting. "For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them" Matthew 18:20 His presence was felt.
This week Mom starts PT and OT at the rehabilitation center! She's doing so great. Please be in prayer for good rest and continued healing, strength and most importantly shrinkage! Praise report: Mom has been feeling good (and looking good, as always) from radiation and chemo! Please keep prayers going for minimal side effects! We are SO thankful for this team! There is so much love surrounding her. Thank you for continually building her up with encouragement, prayers and love. God bless you!

Andy came home from a five day trip last night. Although he needed to go professionally, personally it was a good trip for him to receive support from his friends and business colleagues. We are really looking forward to him being home with us.
I feel blessed with Stephanie and Joey, they have done such an amazing job taking care of me and making me feel safe.
As I rest during the day I often try to see your faces and hear your prayers. I'm grateful for all of you that are out there praying for us.
My most heart felt thank you,
Susan
A Sweet Treat
A Beautiful Drive
Grandpa Mark was my driver today and my “Chef” brother in law Bruce met us with lunch before my radiation treatment, while eating lunch I received a call that the “machine” was down, thinking it was only going to be down an hour, we got a chance to spend special time together. Then I received a call that the “machine” would be down all day. With the extra time we were able to Facetime with Drew, another one of the many blessings.   ~  Susan
This process has reminded us all to appreciate the many blessings we receive daily, especially me. Since the first stay in the hospital in September I have thought of this journey with Susan as a “reality check”. This week, as I was helping one of my longtime clients (friends) move, another client (a wonderful husband and wife team of optometrists) of mine, who previously lost a son to cancer, stopped by to see the new office. Susan has taught me to not believe in coincidences, this was a “God Thing”. When I asked about their son’s cancer they picked up on something and asked about my reason for asking, so I shared our situation. I was very touched by all of their support and compassion (as we are with your support and compassion). The couple left and brought back a book that has helped them in their journey, I have already started reading it and so far it is about counting our blessings and appreciating the time we have no matter what. Please hug your loved ones and experience the many blessing you are receiving.   ~ Andy
When I first opened my eyes upon the morning meadow and look out upon the beautiful, world I thank God I am alive. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Yesterday was a fun day! Stephanie is off this week. We decided to color our hair and it took way longer than it should have. Lots of laughs, just have to say "thank you GOD for the spirit of laughter" My right arm still doesn't do exactly what I want to do. That's an understatement.. But every day and every way getting better. Captain Diane got to sneak in for a little girl time. We're looking forward to lunch with her today.
On Mondays a beautiful retired woman, Patty, brings in her two-year-old pug to the radiation therapy center. Did you know that I secretly want a pug? Her name is Lily and she is so precious, she carries her own pink purse with her pink poop bags. Really, I'm talking about this right now. Yes, I am and I'm so grateful that you are all willing to share this with us. I really miss my day-to-day connections with all of you. I would love it if you would send me an update about YOU and how I can pray for you. Thank you again and again for your prayers!
Happy Thanksgiving to all, every year it is a family tradition to gather around the dinner table and say what we are thankful for. Well this year I seem to have a long list of things I am thankful for. Obviously the top of the list is my mother, for her spirit and fight that has kept me and I know many others calm and faithful during this rough time.

I’m thankful for the faith I was raised in to be able to rest in the fact that my mom is in God’s hands and He has a plan for all of us. Believing in the big miracle as well as seeing the everyday little miracles that are happening in my life. For my family and how much we have pulled together and the strength my dad and Steph have shown. I am so thankful for Joey, being a great man for my sister, he has been her rock through it all and for the whole family. I am extremely grateful for the love and support that has flowed through this website. And the unconditional love and support coming from the Muscatell’s and all of the people here in Oregon that are here for me. God is my almighty; my mom is my best friend and rock. I am so thankful for the miracle she is. Please keep the Prayers up and spend some amazing quality time with your family and friends, around you during this time.      Love you Mamma, Drew

This Thanksgiving, there is SO much to be thankful for. Praise the Lord! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the many many blessings God has given us. My Joey, I am so grateful for your example of Christ’s love in every area of our lives. Momma, you are incredible. There really are no words for your strength and reliance on Jesus. Your desire for this journey to only glorify Him speaks volumes about your heart. Dad, thank you for your hard work and love. I love you. Drewb, I am so very proud of you for everything you are. You are such a light. I miss you, Bell! It’s hard to wrap our heads around all that has happened these past two months, but through it all we give thanks to God each day. Thank you for walking and praying through this with our family. We are eternally grateful for the demonstration of love you have shown us. Above all, I am thankful that despite any circumstance, the Lord’s grace and mercy is always sufficient. “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30. God bless you! Happy Thanksgiving!  
Love, Steph (& Joey)

Beautiful hike on Thanksgiving morning!
Susan's favorite team to watch
Terry, Keely and Jessica Muscatell wearing their Team-Susan shirts at the Oregon Women's Basketball teams great win over Princeton on Sunday
For many of us this is a time of thanks, it was just 2 short months ago when my world was rocked by Susan’s first seizure; it has been nothing short of a miracle experiencing the love you have all shown her and our family. Thank you. I have always thought of her as my heart, love personified. She has taught me how to love unconditionally, but the out pouring of love for her is a true testament to her sweet loving nature. Thank you. I’ve spent 20 plus years raising these little creatures they call daughters and something like this happens and their true nature is revealed, all I can say is “Susan you done good” of course she will deflect the credit but anyone who has spent any time with them sees Susan’s inner strength and loving nature in them. Thank you. We are all so so thankful for your love and support, Andy
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November 2013
GOOD MORNING!!!!!!
 
Before the sun comes up, I have to write this down. These past two days, I have woken up feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I cannot believe all that has happened in one week. Last week at our first prayer meeting, I could not walk independently and I didn't really have control of my right arm...it ended up down someone's shirt mid hug (sorry, Sally!) This week I started walking around the house, doing chores, had a few successful in home PT and OT appointments (both want me to come to clinics where they can challenge me more physically and cognitively), went to doctor's appointments with no wheelchair, and a Starbucks stop with my sweet husband ;). 1 Corinthians 1:31" Therefore,as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in The Lord" I know that this progress is only due to His power.
 
I would so not chose this, but if it's a season we have to go through I would rather go through it, not just get through it and miss seeing blessings. Meaning listening to God's direction because I am so used to muscling my way through and doing things my way. I am and want to continue to be grateful for every meal delivered, each entry in the guest book on this site, each squeeze I get from family and friends and feel everything that a journey like this brings. I will gladly accept what God has planned. The only way that is possible is with the love and prayers from all of you that stretch far and wide. I feel everything so deeply. I want to extend this invitation to everyone to join us at our next prayer meeting, either in person or in spirit. I'm not positive when that will be yet, but we will let you know.     Love, Susan
Susan and Dr. Chen
Mask Making
This weekend was a fun and busy one! After a sweet week, we had to send our beautiful Drewbs back up to Oregon to finish out the quarter strong and manage the Women's Basketball team. She's a stud :) Mom is getting stronger everyday and gearing up to start treatments on Wednesday. Please join us in prayer for minimal side effects and keeping our whole house healthy through this season. Our family is SO floored by the flood of support, prayers and love coming in from all over. We are continually blessed and keeping our eyes open to everyday miracles. Thank you for being a big part of those miracles and blessings. God bless YOU! 

Girls lunch date
Quick trip to Julian for some Mom's Apple Pie
Wednesday started like any other hump day ("HUMP DAAYY!"). I woke up and took my chemo pill for the first time at 4:30am. Not eager to start or anything hah. Just ready for a little (I mean, a lot) of tumor shinkage. Maybe I'll try to sleep in tomorrow and try at a more acceptable hour ;) We finished the day with a ride to Scripps Radiation Therapy Center AKA "The Spa" for my first radiation treatment, then a pizza and Mexican food celebration! Thank you for praying today! Thank you, thank you!

"As you sit quietly in My Presence, your awareness of My Life within you is heightened. This produces the Joy of The Lord, which is your strength. I, the God of Hope, fill you with all Joy and Peace as you trust in Me, so that you may bubble over with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (November 13, pg. 332)
Cheering on the Oregon Ducks against Stanford
My family and I are blessed by The Lord in so many ways, by all of you my "Amazing Angels". These last few weeks have brought me into a deeper relationship with God, and our family which includes every one of you, praying, encouraging, and loving. I thank everyone who has reached out to brighten my family and my life with your support, generosity and love.

In no particular order: Drew's Oregon Women's Basketball teammates, Drew’s substitute parents Dan & Terri, The pillar that is Drew M., All of my "Heart Sisters" too many to list, Andy's business colleagues, the beautiful caring place that is Scripps especially Team Susan Dr Burdick, Dr Barnett, Dr. Halcomb, Dr Cheung, Dr Chen, Dr Mason and all the scientists behind them, Angel Kate & Angel Andrea who both shine with God's love, Nurse Peter, Women’s Prayer team. . .

For now please accept my humble attempt to THANK YOU, with a cyber hug until I get to give you the real thing. - Susan

Tuesday started with Susan’s “mapping” session, when they created a mask to stabilize her head during the upcoming radiation treatments, tentatively scheduled to start on Monday after some additional healing. The new technology is so cool; they are able to focus the laser with one centimeter accuracy. Dr Chen is such a sweet heart, like most of us Susan has charmed him also.
Mom had her first in home physical therapy session on Sunday afternoon. She rocked it, no surprise there! Honestly though, five days after surgery and she is SO motivated to do everything she can to get her brain to reconnect the neural pathways damaged by the tumor and surgery. We are so incredibly proud of her hard work and progress. God is performing miracles everyday and we are blessed to be in the midst of them.
 
Again, thank you everyone for your prayers! Please be praying this week for continued strength, healing and protection over our sweet Momma. God bless you! Have a beautiful day! - Stephanie
Monday was a strong start to a new week. Susan performed her physical therapy excercises in the morning and afternoon, and her mobility is beginning to improve. Doctors appointments are scheduled this week to remove the staples (stitches) from surgery, and also to begin radiation and chemotherapy.
Nap Time
Staple Removal
Tuesday ended with a huge surprise for all of us, while getting ready for bed we heard a knock on our door, to our total amazement Drew came home for a visit. Stephanie (the rock), Drew and Susan needed some togetherness, being 1000 miles away has been hard on all of us.

“Wound Check” day, why do doctors have to make everything sound so ominous.  Susan had her staples removed today by Angel Kate.  Dr Burdick was very impressed when she walked unassisted into his office.

Then 2 naps with Drew, college life must be draining. Stephanie was feeling left out so she jumped in bed for nap number 2.
Susan is home and needs her rest.  Please respect her privacy as she is still in recovery.  If you'd like to help, we are forming a support team to assist the family with basic needs, organize meals, transportation, housekeeping, fund-raising, etc.  If you have any special talents, time, or a desire to help Susan and her family - the time is now.  
 
 
 
Yesterday was a day filled with information, enlightenment and positive Team-Susan building. We have welcomed more team members from Scripps medical staff. This afternoon, Mom had consultation appointments with Radiology Oncologist, Dr. Chien Chen and his sweet nurse Sue and Hematology Oncologist, Dr. Mason. We received the pathology report, it is a cancerous tumor. During check in, one of the entry questions on her paperwork today was, “In your own words, why are you here today?” Her response was, “Get rid of this freakin’ tumor”. That is just what we plan to do.  Dr. Mason has appointed himself as the Quarterback of Team Susan, so he will be guiding her care. Next week she starts Radiation and Chemotherapy simultaneously. We, as a family, in addition to her medical team, feel miracles are on the horizon. This will be a journey and a process, but as we all know, Susan is a strong, young, healthy, fit, aggressive fighter. These attributes along with her prayerful spirit, optimistic attitude and importantly YOUR uplifting support and prayers will get her through this.

Yesterday marked the first prayer meeting at the Millsom house. Susan was overwhelmed with thankfulness for the wonderful women who attended, and is excited to see everyone who could not make it at the next meeting. She is so amazed at the work the Lord has been doing in her heart, and the hearts of our friends, family, and all those she comes into contact with. Susan and Stephanie woke up from their nap today laughing so hard that Susan almost peed her pants (possibly too much information), so tonight is going very well. We are all so grateful for your prayers and for your selflessness during this time. Thank you!    - Joey
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This Friday, we are grateful! Simply, there are no words to thank you all enough. We are so touched by the flow of unconditional love aimed at our Mom. We are hopeful for the future!

We read this verse this morning and it fueled us for our appointments today:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

God is the ultimate artist! The sunset leaving Scripps Green today was just another example of his love for us and Mom's love of life.

We cannot say enough how incredibly graceful, gracious, and selfless our Momma is as she navigates through hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, physical therapies, and everyday interactions. Hope overflows from her. She sets the pace and tone for relying on our gracious God. We are so blessed and proud to be her daughters and son-in-law. The three of us want to shout a personal, “THANK YOU!” to each and every one of you.        Love, Stephanie and Drew and Joey
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DREWBEE IS HOME! What a joy she is!! We are looking forward to spending time with her this week.

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Our Captain, GRAMMY Diane, welcomed her first grandson, Wesley, into the world this weekend! Congratulations and lots of blessings to Danny and Lindsay! We look forward to meeting him soon!
"Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
This weekend Steph and Joey moved home! We are so grateful they can be with us during this time. Their laughter and love brings so much joy to our house. It's an extra gift to have their friends around, too! A huge "thank you" goes to Kelly (Joey's Mama) for all of her help and hard work getting the kids' apartment packed up and ready before moving day! BIG thanks to the sweet and strong moving crew: Artie, Jon, Bobo, BK, Eric, Chris, Katie, Kara, KC and Hailey! Many hands made light work that day! So thankful.
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Yesterday (Wednesday) marked one full week of completed treatments! Blessings are abounding. I feel so blessed and overjoyed...more than I can put into words. (How many times have I said that?!) From the nurses at the radiation therapy center, how kind, loving and attentive drivers are, yummy meals, and how willing people are to show love. I feel an overflowing gratitude. Thank you!
11.21.2013
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.    Ephesians 3:16-19
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Community Christian Pre-School for all the beautiful cards!
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Thanksgiving 2013
One of the highlights of my Thanksgiving was to hold baby Wesley, Captain Diane's brand new grandson.
 
Congratulations Lindsay, Danny, Grammy Diane and Grandpa Kyle
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