I just want to take a moment to think about my best friend. Lisa is her name. Today she is fighting for her life as the affects of cancer & chemo are trying to take her from us.
Picture L to R: Debbie, Trina & Lisa (9/17/05)

Warning...this is long....will post a pic later!!!

I met Lisa at a LSS (local scrapbook store) where she was teaching classes. I just started scrapping and was trying to get away from the creative memories style so I visited the LSS and saw the classes Lisa would be teaching...I signed up right away based on the layouts I saw (had no idea who Lisa was). After taking a few classes I really liked her style. I really liked this girl. Well I also decided that this new hobby was going to be something for life so I needed to step out of my box & meet people with like interest. I started going to late night crops at the LSS and Lisa was there by her self that night. She was over there designing a layout to teach. It just so happened to be a fishing layout. Well I knew I needed to take that class because Wade & I would be fishing soon & what a perfect layout. I started talking to her (I knew I wanted to be friends with the sweet girl...something about her!). We talked and I told her about me...how I was planning a scrapbook store excursion & had cookie exchanges. Months later she had said she liked that about me and wanted to befriend me at that time...well she did. She invited me to a "private" crop that a bunch of gals that worked at the LSS had after hours.
Now let me tell you a litte something...Lisa had this friend Debbie and she had to tell Debbie she invited an outsider - me (Debbie loves it when I tell this story!!). Debbie shrugged her shoulders and said OOHHH!!!...not real thrilled but went with it. I showed up and had fun...actually I really don't remember that night. I do remember I was nervous to meet all these strangers.
Lisa invited me to home parties at her house & I went and from there our friendship grew. We scrapped every friday and/or saturday at her adorable house in Orting. I was single & her husband (at the time) was always hunting or fishing so we had the house to ourselves. Debbie joined us a lot too. But since they were both stay home moms they scrapped a lot during the day. But Debbie didn't want us having fun without her so she did find a way to sneek over there. The big thing at the time was who was going to share the table wtih Lisa...well it was usually Debbie because she could get there first & if it was just Lees & I well we had our own table.
I've come to realize I was the lucky one...None of us want to share a table now!!!! We always ate junk when we scrapped. I introduced Lees & Deb to Touchdown Taco Dip, what a great garlice press Pampered Chef had, to Mary Kay makeovers. They introduced me to Longaberger(thanks girls), At home America, Close to my Heart,Impress and converted me from Coke to Pepsi. (Yea I remember I would always bring my own Coke because all they ever had was Pepsi. They've inspired me to be a better scrapbooker & most of all they gave me the gift of friendship.
Tradition was that when it was your birthday we had a scrap party...so we did...I was turing 29 and it is a weekend I will never forget. Lisa was going thru a divorce. Husband had left 6 months before & we really had the house to ourselves. Debbie got the weekend away (5 minutes from home!!!) and we were scrapping & I always found a way to get them to out for shopping!!
Lisa felt like a sore throat was coming on so she ran to the doctor that afternoon so she could get ahead of it so she wouldn't be sick for the weekend.
No big deal right...so we ate, shopped, scrapped...and the phone rang. We all thought who is calling at this hour (11:30pm). Well it was Lisa's doctor saying she needed to go have her blood checked again because the tests from earlier that day were not good. Her white blood cell count was very low. So we battled who was going to go to the hospital with her since Taylor was sleeping & the Dr. said it could not wait til morning. We even made her call the neighbor to take her...(nice friends). Well I lost & stayed with Tay & Deb & Lisa headed for the hospital to have a quick blook check & come right back to finish this FUN weekend we were having...they had crepes to make in the morning darn it....
Well this is when it all began. Lisa was immediately admitted. She had Leukemia...I cried when Deb told me. I said how much time do we have with her? Leukemia to me meant dying.
Her family immediately came out & life went crazy. Lisa was in the hospital for chemo for 30 days. We had to get busy..this girl needed money. We made suckers for money...they were a hit. Don't ever ask me to make suckers...EVER I will laugh at you!
Lisa taught me I could pull an auction together in 6 weeks. At the hospital I looked at Deb & said I am doing an auction for her. So I did...and we raised $8000 (i think!!) for her.
Lisa had to sell her house & move to Seattle to be closer to Fred Hutch & SCCA. She was going to have a bone marrow transplant. Renee her sister was a 100% match.
She had the transplant & when she was released she moved back to New Mexico to be with her family who could help her financially.
My friendship began to grow with Debbie...before that I always felt a bit insecure around her (yes Deb I did...!!!) I am so thankful Lisa introduced us & didn't back down when Debbie didn't want me to come to the scrapbook thing!!! {wink}.
Debbie has also become my best friend and without her I don't know what I would do. She has taught me so much...we'll save that for another blog entry.
I feel so blessed that I even met Lisa and had 2 wonderful years with her here in Washington.
In 2005 I got engaged to be married so I didn't plan any trips so New Mexico was out of the question. But Lisa came to Seattle to be in my wedding. I am so happy I have photos of her...her hair all grown back & feeling good.
Then in February Lees called & said she needed her friends to scrap with. So Deb & I went in March. We almost didn't because she would be coming here in June for a check up at SCCA.
But we did go. I almost held off until October for the balloon festival. I am so glad I didn't.
2 weeks after we left Albuquerquee Lisa found out the Leukemik cells were back in her body. She went back to the hospital for chemo, she would be out in 30 days, home to get better and back to Seattle for another transplant.
Sometimes God has other plans then what we have planned. Lisa is still in the hospital. I think we are up to about 50 or 60 days. I have lost count. I do know this...she is a miracle right now.
She had her chemo treatment and has gotten worse. On August 7th Gayle (her sister) called & said Lisa only had a few days to live. Her liver count was so high (35 - 5 is normal) the doctor's expected her to go into a coma and then it would be over. She would go to heaven & leave all her loved ones her on Earth. Debbie asked if we could talk to her so we did on speaker phone...the words LOVE YOU TONS from her weak (slurred) voice will always be in my head. It took everything in her little body to say that. I know she was smiling when she heard us talking to her.
So Debbie & I planned on flying out there sometime soon..Thursday came...Lisa was still fighting.
She even got up out of bed & strolled in the halls in her wheelchair. Quite an accomplishment for where she was at.
Her liver count continues to rise, fluid is on her heart & everthing is wrong with her...she is just sick.
She has the best mom...her mom will not give up on her. Nor will we. Lees always told me she was a strong willed child....and she is.
She told Julie (her mom) she wasn't ready to go. She is fighting for her daughter Taylor.
She is fighting for herself, family & friends.
I am not ready for her to go. When she comes home I will go to see her and just hug her & be close to her.
And tell her all the things we never tell anyone until it's too late...
So be sure to say I love you and tell someone how they've made a difference in your life. Don't wait til it's too late.
Read the book Tuesdays with Morrie.
Love ya,


Anonymous said...

Ok...you didn't warn me to grab my kleenex's! She's right about it all...but through this...we are so glad to have been introduced...,now we support each other in this battle for our friend!! I am so grateful for Trina and Lisa both!! I love you guys!!!!
Debbie....{the mean one who had doubts} wink...wink:)

Anonymous said...

That's so funny about finding Debbie intimidating!

I "met" Debbie on 2peas. She is my favorite 2-page layout maker!

I can only imagine how much fun you guys had scrapbooking together.

My prayers are that you will have more times in the future to get together and create beautiful pages.

My prayers are that her doctors continue to help her fight this fight.

My prayers are that her body continues to fight this fight.

My prayers are for her precious daughter. How scary it must be to think you might lose your mommy at such a young age.

My prayers will be with your sweet friend until they are no longer needed.

Storming Heaven for Lisa,

Anonymous said...

Trina, I just read this ... July 19 , 2007 ... my dad's birthday. Last year we celebrated his birthday in the hospital with Lisa. Your blog brought everything back to life. I remember holding the phone to Lisa's ear for you and Debbie. She was so ill.

I remember calling you on August 7th ... Brooke's 4th birthday. My mom's was August 6th. What a horrible time in our lives. Little Brooke walked around the hospital on her 4th birthday carrying a build-a-bear that sang happy birthday. No party, no cake for any of us. My sweet sister was fighting for her life.

It will be a year in a month and we still miss her dearly. This has been such a sad season of life. Life is precious. Live life to the fullest. Every single day is a gift from God.

Gayle Renshaw
Lisa's sister