Since Janelle is on maternity leave from posting to this blog, I get to take a turn! I am Ashley's oldest sister, Kristin.
I have a friend here in Texas who has practically lived at Texas Children's Hospital so far this year with the Down Syndrome baby they adopted in January. Her situation reminds me of all the time Robert and Ashley have spent in the hospital since his November 2007 diagnosis.
This friend of mine updates her blog daily to keep those interested in her daughter's progress informed. One day she wrote a post sharing an interesting statistic she learned from a show she had listened to. The guest on the show shared that the number of people sitting in the waiting room for an injured or sick patient receiving care in an Emergency Room had a direct correlation with how the patient fared and recovered. Those with few or no friends or family in the waiting room didn't do as well or recover as quickly as those with many friends and family in the waiting room. The support in the waiting room is like a lifeline and motivation for the patient to pull through and recover.
My friend figured that her blog is like the door between their "Emergency Room" (the hospital) and the "Waiting Room" that is cyber space. She requested that everyone reading her blog leave a comment so they would know who is in their cyber waiting room.
Let's do the same for Robert. We know there are hundreds of you in Robert's "Waiting Room." Let him know you are there. He's got a lot ahead of him the next few months, as you may have gathered from Ashley's post yesterday. Perhaps he'll fare better and recover more quickly if he has a concrete idea of exactly how many people are pulling for him and cheering him on as he continues his super hero battle with leukemia.
Please take a moment to leave a comment. Feel free to comment anonymously or just using your first name--whatever you're comfortable with. Thank you for all your love and support. It means so much!
Robert Update: He and Ashley arrived home from Utah safely last night and are enjoying a weekend surrounded by family (and no doubt some delicious food, too). Robert will get to participate in the blessing of Janelle's baby, Josie, tomorrow.