Friday, July 25, 2008

Garage Sale for Suzie

A friend of mine is up in Utah getting treatments for her second battle with cancer. She is an amazing young law student here in Las Vegas. Suzie Hyte is her name. She is the daughter of the bishop of my childhood ward.

Some friends are having a garage sale tomorrow morning to raise funds to help her pay her medical bills. If you are up for garage sales, go over and shop. The sale will be off the 95 and Tropicana area.

Here is the address: 5248 South Lakewood Court
It is from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Hope to see you there!


christine said...

I hesitate to comment but can't deny the powerful feelings in my soul right now. I have been reading your blog for the last 2 1/2 hours and have been touched immensely. The tears couldn't stop as I read every word, looked at every picture, and viewed every video of your sweet Camille. I absolutely ache seeing her sweet spirit but know, as you do, that she is with our Savior doing a far greater work. So many of your words and feelings have impacted me in a greater way than you can ever know. I actually copied and pasted several of them so I could read them again and also share with family members who are struggling (I hope you don't mind). I lost my sister 11 years ago when I was a junior in high school. She was a sophomore and her funeral was on her 16th b-day. We had just recently become closer and used to spend evenings in my room together. She died only three weeks after my nephew, my sister's first child, died. My sister died peacefully in her sleep, and two autopsies couldn't tell us why. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father needed her-that knowledge gave us comfort during the initial shock. I am so thankful for your testimony. My sister, who lost her son, has been struggling with her testimony and has recently made some bad decisions in her life. I copied your feelings on being totally invested in Heaven for Camille to share with my sister. Hopefully it will remind her what she has waiting for her. I also ache for your daughters who I'm sure are missing their sweet sister. Yes, the pain does get easier, but I still miss my little sister (who was also the baby)and try to keep her memories alive in my heart. I have three daughters who are so close to one another. Watching them love eachother is one of the greatest things in my life. As mothers, we constantly see or hear things that make us want to be better moms and promise to do better only to fall short. Your blog and experience with Camille has finally opened my eyes and touched my heart so much that I truly am a changed mother as you said. I loved your feelings about seeing your daughter through Camille's eyes and how glorious she truly is. I have been struggling with my 6 year old as she's begun to develop an attitude. But when I think of how much my youngest daughter (2) loves her sister and wants to be around her and snuggle her, I am reminded of how amazing and special my first daughter is. I can't thank you enough for that realization as it will be a key factor in my attitude from now on.

I also liked to post about the Twilight series and marrying the "right one". I was engaged to my high school sweetheart when he was diagnosed with cancer and died 13 months later. I was overcome with so much grief and anger and began to question God. It wasn't until I met my husband in college a few months later (who started as my friend and helped me grieve my fiance) that I regained my testimony and realized that Heavenly Father truly has a plan for me. My husband was always meant to me my husband, but I had to go through the experience with my first fiance to realize it and have faith in the Lord.

It is after 2:00 AM now and my youngest just woke up as she's been sick. I held her a little longer tonight and savored her sweet smell and innocent love. I then went and kissed my 2nd daughter (3) in her bed and vowed to myself to be a more patient, loving mommy in the morning. Sorry to keep rambling on, but you truly have touched my life so much and I will be eternally grateful for your experience. It has inspired my testimony and my relationship with my precious girls and wonderful husband. I will continue to pray for you and your family, and I know without a doubt that Camille is touching and impacting the lives of so many.

KEYLIMER said...

Thanks to you and your friends for keeping Suzi in your prayers and thoughts. Suzi, my sister, IS an amazing girl, who has taught our family a lot during her battle. We have learned faith, the power of prayer, patience, and to never question "why me"? The Lord does have a plan, and although we do not understand it fully, we accept it and move forward the best we can. Suzi is doing well under the circumstances; however, she is extremely fatigued and has a sore throat...both side effects of the radiation. She also can not seem to curb the nausea, but she's a trooper! I thank you again, on behalf of my entire family.

Alisa Ashby

Heather said...

Stephanie, I have been reading your blog for a while, and havent ever commented. You are such an amazing person, and I admire your strength, and faith. I tend to be a little more patient with my girls, and love on them as much as possible.

I went to school with Suzi. It breaks my heart to hear that she is going through cancer treatments. Is there a fund or something that I can donate to, to help with medical costs?

janalee said...

I just wanted to thank you for everything you've shared, and continue to share here, about Camille's death and how you have been dealing with it. I lost my son in April; he was 19 months old. Your faith has strengthened mine, and I come often because I need to read about somebody else who understands both the pain and the blessings that come with such a loss. Thank you,

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a.k.a. Jack said...

I wish I was around to help with the garage sale. I love Suzie so much. She has always been an amazing person with an amazing attitude. I think we are all amazed at the strength she has been able to show during this difficult time. I love you Suzie,
Jenny (Earl) NOrton

Megan Dougherty said...

Thanks who all that showed up to the garage sale!! It was fantastic!! The support for Suzi from this community was overwhelming at times! The purpose of this garage sale was to raise money to open up an account for Suzi. Further information will be available later on this week.