Sunday, July 4, 2021

Life with Leukemia (And Some Reading) - July 4

 It's Sunday Post time!  This is hosted by the awesome Caffeinated Book Reviewer and gives us all a chance to recap our week.

What I Got:

Somehow I managed to not get any books this week!  I was strongly tempted to go book shopping but talked myself out of it by reminding myself I'm trying to get through some more books from my shelves.  I make no promises for next week!


Reading:  The Moonshine Shack Murder by Diane Kelly and Latter End by Patricia Wentworth

Listening:  A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley

So leukemia sucks and it's a long exhausting process but there are some fantastic moments mixed in and this was one of them.  The crew of SpaceX's Inspiration4 came to the Space and Rocket Center here in town to talk to Space Camp and my mother who works there was able to get us into see them.  What makes this extra special is that the medical officer, Haley Arceneaux (the shorter woman) on this mission is not only a childhood cancer survivor ourselves and is now a Physician's Assistant at St Jude.  And not just any PA - she was our PA!  She was one of the first people we really connected to when we were there and she's just an amazing person.  We were so excited to see her and she got a bit emotional seeing Will who she hasn't seen since October.  It was really wonderful.  The rest of the crew was super nice and made time to talk to Will and posed for about a million pictures.  It was a really special moment.  The mission launches in about 2 months and will be the first civilian crewed space flight

Other then that the rest of the week was pretty good.  We were able to go swimming earlier in the week which was fun and a good bit of exercise.  He's off steroids for a few weeks which means he's finally getting some decent sleep again.  We are doing a low key July 4th celebration and grilling out and that kind of thing.  

I hope everyone has a great week and happy reading!


  1. That is so cool about the PA from the Rocket Center! And what awesome pictures!!!! I'm so glad you were able to save someone like that to bond with Will and really make a connection.

    Continues prayers as always and havw a happy 4th!!!

  2. I probably should try to avoid book shopping this month. I have so many unread books . . . Who am I kidding though?

    How awesome that you got in to meet the crew of SpaceX's Inspiration4 and even more special that one of the crew was Will's PA at St. Jude! That is so cool.

    I hope you and your family have a happy 4th and enjoy the week!

  3. What a wonderful time at the Space center and meeting up with the PA. I am so well intentioned about not buying books and then I break out terribly!

  4. I'm glad things will be a bit better for Will without the steroids! And that you got to do a fun outing.
    Sending good vibes for his continued healing.

    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading and outings.

    Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

  5. That photo and your story about the event really makes me happy. It's inspiring to see that one of the crew was your son's PA.

    It's nice that you were able to redirect and stick to books you already own...but I think it's perfectly okay to change your mind this week...

  6. What a fun time for Will and the family. So nice to see him be able to have some real fun on the days he feels pretty good. Happy 4th Katherine.

  7. Lovely to hear about the fabulous meeting with the InspirationX crew - particularly Halay. I'm also pleased to hear Will has been able to come off the steroids, which is being a bit kinder to him. I haven't read any of the Miss Silver mysteries, but it looks like my kind of whodunit... I hope the coming week is a good one, Katherine:).

  8. What a fun experience for Will and I'm glad to hear he's off the steroids for a while, too. Hope you all have a great week!

  9. That is so cool about seeing your PA at that event! Small world as they say. :)

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Week in Review

  10. Great photos and memorable moments! So glad for the break from the routine.

    Enjoy your week and your books, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. The Space Center event sounds like an amazing experience! How cool that one of the crew has a special connection to Will. I love that! When they launch in a few months I'll think about you guys. Have a great week! ♥

  12. Happy 4th and my goodness such wonderful and special pics. Sending lots of hugs.RO

  13. I just started reading The Moonshine Shack Murder. It's good so far. The Space and Rocket Center event sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great week! Happy 4th!

  14. That is sooo cool! What a great experience and so awesome to see Will's PA. That really is amazing!

    I hope you all have a great week, Katherine! Happy Reading!

  15. How exciting to meet astronauts!!! If that's what we call the Space X crew? {Googles...yes, we do.} And that is so cool that Haley is Will's PA! That is so great that the flight is to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude's.

    Hope you all enjoy your quiet 4th.

  16. That's awesome! I'm so happy you were able to do this event. Happy 4th!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  17. What a fun event! Glad Will was able to go. I hope you all enjoy his seriod free time. I hope you are enjoying A Dark and Stormy Murder, I think it a good cozy!

  18. Oh, what a wonderful experience for Will -- and for all of you! And how lovely that you got to reconnect with Will's PA from Memphis. I'm glad he's getting a break from the steroids and can get some sleep, too.

    One of these days, I will start Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver books. I have picked up several of them on sale over the last few years. Do you need to read them in order, or can you read them out of order?

  19. So great your mom could arrange the meet-up. And what a good week you all had.
    Good for you reading from your shelves. I'm trying to do that as well but I haven't been able to resist some NG offerings.

  20. How exciting! I didn't know the backstory with Haley Arceneaux. How wonderful they were able to reconnect in person. ❤❤❤

    I'm happy to hear Will is getting asteroids break. 🤗

    I hope you had a great week and had good food on the fourth. 🌞

  21. That's so cool about the PA - it's nice to have these moments admist the struggle. I hope y'all are having a great week!

  22. that is so cool about the crew visiting the space camp. my kid would probably explode if she got that kind of opportunity. here's to more swimming days this summer.

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  23. That is such a cool experience for Will and I agree about cancer sucking!