June 27, 2013

       Hello all! Jeff has been doing really well! This week he even had his catheter taken out! He is continuing the steroid to decrease swelling and the only complaint he really has is that he is more tired than usual- this could be due to the non-stop fun he has been having!

         Saturday night was a blast and thank you again to all of the family and friends who came over! We ate Flying Pizza and all sorts of desserts including a delicious frozen watermelon that Jay Chapa and family brought over from Friendly’s. Chapa- listening to you tell stories was fun for everyone- you are hilarious and Jeff loved seeing you! (BIG THANKS to Ryan Chapa for hooking us up with some grub last week too!!!) It was rough saying goodbye to Tim and Janet Healy but we are all very excited that they will be coming back to town for the 4th of July!

         Sunday Jeff had another great day- “like Christmas” is what he has been saying about every day that we all spend with family and friends together. Two of his best friends from his childhood came over and hung at the house. Again we all got to hear some hilarious old stories- including Jeff holding a record for fastest trip from Dayton to Cincinnati. He was in his 20’s and we won’t mention the actual amount of time that his friends swore on- lets just say it is a true blessing, again, that Jeff has been able to become such an amazing man. While some are hilarious and some are a bit concerning, these stories that keep pouring in about Jeff (before he was saved and married Colleen) have acted as an amazing reminder to all of us that no matter how you are leading your life it can always be turned around and made into something beautiful. It has majorly touched us kids to hear that our dad was so wild in his younger days and became the most honest, humble and loving man that we all know. Love you tons Dad!!!!!

        On Monday London, Lylah and Brody(his grandchildren) all spent time at the house with papa. Mandy Rector-Hayward came in from Tennessee to visit all of us and help out too. Jeff loved seeing her and so did our family! While Lylah napped Brody and London headed to Aunt Chrissy’s pool and had a blast! Thank you again Chrissy for your help!! During that time Janey’s friend from high school came over and did relaxation massages for Colleen and Jeff. Oriana- we loved being able to see you and thank you for putting your skills to good use! That evening was wonderful- weather was beautiful and we all sat as a family on the back patio and had dinner.

        Tuesday Jeff headed to a casino in Cincinnati with some friends of his. The highlight of the trip for him was the all-you-can-eat buffet. This was hilarious to all of us because he has been eating like a horse. It must’ve been a sight! Though he didn’t gamble he said he had a great time! While he was out Colleen, Grandma Healy, Aunt Christy, Mandy and Janey all hung out together and blabbed then headed to the Greene for dinner. It was great to spend time together and see Mandy while she was in town.  

        Wednesday a doctor from Hospice came in and reviewed Jeff’s condition. It seemed apparent to her that the initial 4-6 weeks diagnosis was going to be easily passed. Because everyone is different it is very hard for any doctor to tell us all exactly what to expect. We are enjoying the good times and taking it day by day. Jeff has asked again about the process that he would go through if he were to have surgery and still stands firm with his decision. We all are supporting him and Colleen. Please continue to pray and thank you again for all of your support!

Today we have set up a meal train account for our parents. Everyone keeps asking what they can do to help and the one thing that keeps coming up is dinner. Meal train has a little calendar setup where you can arrange dinner for the evening, instructions are all on the site and you can also contact Janey at (937) 572-8851 or janecrews87@gmail.com. Below is the link…thank you all again!!!

 

http://www.mealtrain.com/view/?id=WUMAym0MIaA%3d

June 22, 2013

Jeff is still doing very well. He is continuing to take steroids to keep swelling down and a medication for upset stomach. He has actually stopped taking Tylenol for headaches because he hasn’t experienced any for a few days. His personality is back, his spirits are high, and he continues to put his faith in God. It is obvious to us that all of the love and prayers being sent his way are helping! Thank you all for the continued support!

In the past week we have had so many visitors and it has been such a blessing to spend time with family and friends. Pastor Bill Browning stopped in and prayed with the whole family (thank you!) and came again a few days later to find Jeff out in the neighborhood going for a stroll with his daughter and grandson. Jeff’s Aunt and Uncle from Indiana came to visit and brought along a homemade apple pie that was devoured. Lee, one of Jeff’s good friends from the men’s group at Southbrook, came by the other morning and prayed with our family. A HUGE thank you to Grandma Healy, Aunt Chrissy, May-may, and Sis for their company and several meals they have prepared for our family. Thank you to Cheryl Johnston, Debbie and Robin Chapa, Jim Rohr, Terry and Rita Brown, Mrs. Baird (your cookies are the best) and Cristen Healy for coming to visit and spend time with all of us. Again, Jeff has loved being able to see all of you and so does our family!! Thank you!

Yesterday Jeff’s oldest daughter had to move into her new place. In the past week her friends mowed the lawn and packed the entire house for her. Friends and family came out of the woodwork to help her move into the 3rd floor apartment – the whole place was unpacked in an hour! Thanks so much to all of you for your help it is greatly appreciated!

Last night Jeff and Colleen headed to a Colonel White reunion. Jeff got to see a bunch of childhood friends and share great memories – he had a blast! Tim Healy and his family, Grandma and Grandpa Healy, and Jeff’s family from Indiana are all coming back today to visit. We will post some more photos later today. Thank you all again for everything and to anyone we missed thank you soooooo much!

Coming Home

Jeff came home on Friday, June 14th. While he is still having moments of general confusion, he is able to eat whatever he likes, walk around a bit, and talk to all of us. Considering that he could barely speak in the hospital, with stroke like symptoms on his left side, these past few days have been filled with blessings.

Fathers Day was great! His family spent the day with him eating, laughing, and even installing a rain barrel (something he wanted to water his beloved tomato plants). The highlight of the day was when his youngest granddaughter, Lylah, said “Papa” for the first time!

Monday, Jeff was even able to get out of the house and see Brody, his 4 year old grandson, at his baseball practice for the first time. This was something that Jeff looked forward to from the day Brody was born.

Tuesday was wonderful! Starting with breakfast from Bill’s Donuts and topping off the day with dinner on the back patio. Jeff couldn’t have been happier to see so many of his family members and close friends these past few days!

Our family is so thankful for all of the love and support. Please continue to pray for Jeff, his wife Colleen, and their family.

Jeff’s Story

On 6-11-2013 Jeff was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor. After all options were carefully considered, he headed home, under hospice care, with a diagnosis of 4 to 6 weeks to live. Support from family and friends has been nothing short of tremendous, not surprising to anyone who has met Jeff. We have opened this site in order to make it easier for our family and friends to be able to keep updated on how he is doing and to share love and prayers. Please feel free to leave a note and/or story about Jeff and how he has touched your life. Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.