Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014


She's tired.
I'm tired.
No nap today.
It's Easter.
She feels good.
No cough.
She's already had 2 treatments today.
She needs her sleep.

There will always be a long list of excuses to skip out on a treatment.

None outweigh the one reason we never will.

#weneedacure #curecysticfibrosis
Photo: She's tired. 
I'm tired.
No nap today.
It's Easter. 
She feels good.
No cough.
She's already had 2 treatments today.
She needs her sleep.

There will always be a long list of excuses to skip out on a treatment. 

None outweigh the one reason we never will.

#weneedacure #curecysticfibrosis

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014


CF Clinic...let's do this!
Photo: CF Clinic...let's do this!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014


Totally worn out tonight and all I wanted was to be done with responsibilities, CF related and otherwise. Then, this, one of my favorite things in the world happened...
It makes the treatment a bit more difficult, but there is nothing better than having Koy climb under the tubing and onto my lap to snuggle up to his sister.
#twincuddlestrumpsleep
Photo: Totally worn out tonight and all I wanted was to be done with responsibilities, CF related and otherwise. Then, this, one of my favorite things in the world happened...
It makes the treatment a bit more difficult, but there is nothing better than having Koy climb under the tubing and onto my lap to snuggle up to his sister. 
#twincuddlestrumpsleep

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014


Great clinic appointment, PICC line out, grabbed BFF, now heading back to the lake to celebrate with the boys and gamma! As Kadyn put it..."Best day EVER!!!"
 #thankful #godisgood
Photo: Great clinic appointment, PICC line out, grabbed BFF, now heading back to the lake to celebrate with the boys and gamma! As Kadyn put it..."Best day EVER!!!"
#kadynskrew #thankful #godisgood

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014


"This is the way God made me?"

As much as I want to cry and say yes and it sucks! You've been dealt a pretty sh!-/ hand and I'm so so sorry! I can't...

And, believe me, if you looked into those beautiful brown eyes full of life, spunk, grit, love and determination you wouldn't be able to either.

So simply...
Yes, my sweet girl, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

God made you and you are perfect. He gave you that smile that shines brighter than any I've ever seen. Determination to persevere, to laugh and carry on when most would quit. Grit that can be so frustrating yet so encouraging because I know you will never stop fighting. Love that is so deep and pure it can change the world.
You are an old soul my sweet warrior. You're a fighter and if discouraged, you fight longer and harder. I admire you. I love you. You make me, daddy, and Koy better people because of your example. We will never stop fighting alongside you. We will win.

We have to win.
Photo: "This is the way God made me?"

As much as I want to cry and say yes and it sucks! You've been dealt a pretty sh!-/ hand and I'm so so sorry! I can't...

And, believe me, if you looked into those beautiful brown eyes full of life, spunk, grit, love and determination you wouldn't be able to either. 

So simply...
Yes, my sweet girl, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

God made you and you are perfect.  He gave you that smile that shines brighter than any I've ever seen. Determination to persevere, to laugh and carry on when most would quit. Grit that can be so frustrating yet so encouraging because I know you will never stop fighting.  Love that is so deep and pure it can change the world.  
You are an old soul my sweet warrior. You're a fighter and if discouraged, you fight longer and harder. I admire you.  I love you. You make me, daddy, and Koy better people because of your example. We will never stop fighting alongside you. We will win. 

We have to win.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014


Enlisted big brother to help fight these germ bugs Going home today on IV meds until the end of next week treating her Staph A. Yesterday's X-ray looked a little worse but apparently that can happen after a bronch. Still coughing and exhausted but Dr Ner says it may take at least a couple weeks after the bronch to feel really good. She should be improved some by the weekend. Touching base w/ doctor on Friday and scheduled to see them in clinic in Spfd next Wednesday.
Sad that she still isn't feeling great but so happy to be going home! Praying for a big turn around this week. #Godisgood #weneedacure #twinblessings
Photo: Enlisted big brother to help fight these germ bugs Going home today on IV meds until the end of next week treating her Staph A. Yesterday's X-ray looked a little worse but apparently that can happen after a bronch. Still coughing and exhausted but Dr Ner says it may take at least a couple weeks after the bronch to feel really good. She should be improved some by the weekend. Touching base w/ doctor on Friday and scheduled to see them in clinic in Spfd next Wednesday. 
Sad that she still isn't feeling great but so happy to be going home! Praying for a big turn around this week. #Godisgood #weneedacure #cfsucks #twinblessings

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1, 2014

Yesterday was a good day...
Still waiting for culture results, virus panel came back negative 

Kadyn also visited with some pretty awesome people . She is tired, but doing everything possible to get better. #alwayssmiling 

While Kadyn's been kicking germ bug butt, Koy has been getting his butt kicked by the stomach flu. Nothing worse than being far away when your boy is sick. Thankfully, he is with Ryan and feeling better. We hope to see them tonight or tomorrow. #halfofawhole

We had so much fun and were so sad to see Meme go yesterday.#bestofthebest #droppedeverythingandcame

Gamma and Uncle are coming to visit today so I know we are in for another good day! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014



Between little bouts of anxiety Kadyn was the ever proper princess She even talked them into letting her keep her dress on instead of the hospital gown in the OR. She LOVED that!
Kadyn did great!

I talked with Kadyn's doctor after...

Her right airway and passages are pristine

Left- not so much. It was not inflamed/red but it was swollen and still very compressed

We believe the major cause of Kadyn's continued problems (aside from CF obviously) is her narrowed airway.

Airways should look like owl eyes staring straight. Kadyn's don't... her left is a bit tilted. The left bronchial tube looks like a rigatoni noodle pressed in the middle.

On this left side they could see obvious signs of thick congested mucus that Dr Ner had trouble moving out/dislodging.

Overall, Dr Ner was surprised how well she looked.

From now on, when healthy, they want her to do 3 treatments a day instead of 2. Concentrating more on IPV than vest...3 is now her new normal.

Now we wait (3-5 days) to see what the virus panel and cultures say.

We are beyond words for all the love, support, positive thoughts and prayers We love you all so much!

Photo: In the OR now...
Between little bouts of anxiety Kadyn was the ever proper princess  She even talked them into letting her keep her dress on instead of the hospital gown. She LOVED that 

Overwhelmed and extremely comforted by all the love and prayers. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I will update once we know something.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 26, 2014


Kadyn has not been well for over a month. She was not back to baseline even after 3 weeks of antibiotics. I would consider myself a positive person... However, I could not bring myself to post about Kadyn's clear culture results last week. My "momtuition" kept telling me something was not quite right. Based on the x-ray and progressive cough, Kadyn was admitted this evening. She will go under tomorrow morning for a bronchoscopy and PICC line placement. We will be here at least a week, maybe 2, depending on the results of her bronchoscopy.

Kadyn took the news extremely well. This was more confirmation to me that we are exactly where we need to be. Koy is home with Ryan for now. It's amazing how 3 hours away can feel like the other side of the world when you've left half your heart there. Kadyn must have said 5 times on our way here how much she misses her brother and daddy. That part never gets easier.

I know God has a plan for Kadyn and works through her in many ways. But, there is truly no way to comprehend the suffering she endures. We are relying heavily on our faith, as always, to see us through this roadblock.

Surgery is scheduled for 8:30 tomorrow morning. I will update when I can. Thank you for all the love, prayers, and continuous support. We love you all and appreciate you more than I could ever express. 

Photo: Kadyn has not been well for over a month. She was not back to baseline even after 3 weeks of antibiotics. I would consider myself a positive person... However, I could not bring myself to post about Kadyn's clear culture results last week.  My "momtuition" kept telling me something was not quite right.  Based on the x-ray and progressive cough, Kadyn was admitted this evening.  She will go under tomorrow morning for a bronchoscopy and PICC line placement. We will be here at least a week, maybe 2, depending on the results of her bronchoscopy. 

Kadyn took the news extremely well.  This was more confirmation to me that we are exactly where we need to be. Koy is home with Ryan for now.  It's amazing how 3 hours away can feel like the other side of the world when you've left half your heart there. Kadyn must have said 5 times on our way here how much she misses her brother and daddy. That part never gets easier. 

I know God has a plan for Kadyn and works through her in many ways. But, there is truly no way to comprehend the suffering she endures. We are relying heavily on our faith, as always, to see us through this roadblock. 

Surgery is scheduled for 8:30 tomorrow morning. I will update when I can. Thank you for all the love, prayers, and continuous support. We love you all and appreciate you more than I could ever express. 
#seriouslyneedacure #cfsucks #kadynskrew

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

CF Clinic today...
Kadyn absolutely loves her doctor and CF team which makes what can be a pretty anxious day a lot easier. Her appointment went ok. The plan for now is for Kadyn to stay on the antibiotic a bit longer and keep treatments at 4 a day until she is back to baseline or her culture comes back (3-5 days) and a new plan is needed. As always, praying for a clear culture. 

Today, Kadyn asked me to take a picture of her getting her throat culture. The thought of it always makes her nervous, but when it's done she is so proud that it no longer makes her cry. 


Photo: CF Clinic today...
Kadyn absolutely loves her doctor and CF team which makes what can be a pretty anxious day a lot easier. Her appointment went ok.  The plan for now is for Kadyn to stay on the antibiotic a bit longer and keep treatments at 4 a day until she is back to baseline or her culture comes back (3-5 days) and a new plan is needed.  As always, praying for a clear culture. 

Today, Kadyn asked me to take a  picture of her getting her throat culture. The thought of it always makes her nervous, but when it's done she is so proud that it no longer makes her cry. #cfwarrior #imalwaysproudofher 
#weneedacure #cfsucks #curecf

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014


Kadyn started with a few dry coughs over a week ago that have continued to progress. No cold or congestion...just a cough. Upped her treatments to 4 a day on Friday (Vest + meds 2x a day and IPV + meds 2x). Started a strong antibiotic on Monday but haven't seen much improvement. Now, adding manual CPT after each treatment. We are doing everything we can and will continue to do so while praying she can kick whatever this may be. Kadyn has been so compliant and willing to do everything asked of her. She has gone through so much and is still consistently positive. Again, I am in awe of her. 

I hate CF!

When we raise money for Cystic Fibrosis we may do so under the name of Kadyn's Krew, but we are raising money and awareness for every single person impacted by this disease. We realized early on that sharing Kadyn's story was one of the best ways to educate people about CF and raise awareness. 

Unfortunately, Cystic Fibrosis has never lain dormant in Kadyn. She has been fighting for her life since the day she was born. CF has never taken a day off. It has invaded and tried to take over her little body too many times to count in her short 4 1/2 years. 

I HATE CYSTIC FIBROSIS! I hate that its primary purpose is to shut down my spunky, brown-eyed, scraggly haired, smiley, baby girl. 

We fight CF every second of every day. We pound, shake, blow, neb, inhale, exhale every possible thing we can to rid Kadyn's body of the sticky mucus CF creates. We raise awareness and funds so that one day a cure will be found, and instead of worrying about dirt, water, germs, coughs, doctor appointments, hospital visits, bacterias, planning treatments, packing in calories, scheduling our day in 4 hour increments, downing dozens of pills, Kadyn will only have to think about playing with her brother/cousins/friends, birthday parties, swimming pools, jumping in lakes, riding bikes and playing as long and as hard as she wants until bedtime. No more pills, treatments, clean outs, hospitals, NG tubes and IVs. 

We need a cure for Cystic Fibrosis so one day Kadyn and so many others can stop fighting and just enjoy living their lives.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013


"You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine 
You make me happy when skies are grey  
You'll never know dear, how much I LOVE YOU!"

So happy!! Kadyn isn't feeling great quite yet, but things seem to be moving in the right direction.  She was so excited to see Koy today that she couldn't stop hugging him.  This was much to Koy's (fake) dismay.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013

Kadyn ate a little and perked up a bit throughout the day. Still very tired and coughing like crazy. Her doctor told us today that Kadyn has parainfluenza virus. It's a very common virus but can cause major problems for people with CF. It basically acts like a match to gasoline to any bad bacteria in Kadyn's lungs causing it to flare up and try to take over. Luckily, we caught it early. We will be here no less than 5 days. If she improves and doesn't culture anything new, she might be able to go home on oral antibiotics after one week instead of two. 
Things got a bit rough for me tonight when Kadyn started asking some hard questions..."Why am I always sick? Why do my germ bugs make me go to the hospital? Mommy, it's just not fair!" Having no idea what to say I simply told her you're right and life isn't fair but this is our life...Before I could say much more Kadyn chimed in with "You're right mommy and I like my life." End of conversation...thank you God!



Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 3, 2013





And so it is...Sweet girl woke up sick yesterday.  High fever and very tired.  Today has been the same with some added congestion and a couple coughs/  Praying it stays high and out of her lungs.  Sweet Koy is feeling better, but still a bit warm and laying low today.

Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

So Koy is sick with a fever and  nasty cough.  I am trying not to worry and praying so hard that Kadyn does not get it.  Looking for words of comfort and found this on my fridge.  Forgot it was there...perfect for today. God is good.


Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Tests are done, the tube is out and we are excited to be heading home at last!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013


Tomorrow, Kadyn will have a CT scan of her sinuses and lungs. She will also get to practice PFT's. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive diagnostic tests that provide feedback about the function of the lungs. People with CF usually start this test when they are 5, but Kadyn's doctors feel it would be a good idea to start practicing. Thursday, they will test Kadyn for reflux. This test requires a smaller version of the dreaded NG tube to be inserted in Kadyn's nose down to her stomach and left for 24 hours. She will have to eat while the tube is in for the test to work accurately. As we know, this is what Kadyn "hates the most". We are not sure she will talk, let alone eat, in that 24 hours. But, if there is a possibility that she has reflux and is aspirating into her lungs we really need to know so we can start treating it. Please pray for comfort and ease during the next few days. If all goes well, the plan is to go home on Friday!

Again, we continue to be overwhelmed with the support, prayers and love we have received. God and our Krew are what get us through these particularly hard times.

We love and appreciate you all so much!