Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shelley wanted you all to know how overwhelmed she is by the friendship that everyone has shown her over the last couple of weeks. I can tell that it has helped her to not feel so alone. Being that said the last couple of days have been difficult at best. They have put her on so many new antibiotics that it has made her sick. She has also developed a large blood clot in her arm that has been giving her a lot of pain. The doctor's can not give her any blood thinners for her arm as a result of the cancer and in fear that the clot will travel else where. The team of Doctors here have been awesome. Such a difference between Mercy and Banner. Here they all work together to help solve the problem. As we thought they would, they are re-doing pretty much most of the tests that they ran over at Gilbert Mercy. They have postponed the Chemo for another week due to what is going on with her heart and brain.

I read all the comments that have been posted on this site to Shelley. It does make her feel good. I was reading the comment that Mark Foree (Shelley's cousin) had sent about "old red". As I read it to my oldest daughter (Britney) we both looked at each other and said I don't think that that is so funny. When I got at the hospital later that day Shelley was on Morphine and half awake, you know eyes shut could only response with grunts. I asked Shelley would you like me to read the comments. She grunted yes. I said here is one from Mark and read the one about old red. Even though she was only partly there she laughed all the way through. It cracked me up that she was laughing and asleep at the same time.

I know that a lot of you want to come and see her. The doctors have asked that we limit visitors so Shelley can rest more. Anyone that wants to visit can visit between 6 and 8 every night. That was a little disappointing for her but I let her know that this way it may be like a party.


Aurélie AKA Frenchie said...

Hey, Dear Shelley, I'm glad to hear that you are laughing, and that many people are around you, I fasted on sunday ( same if when it was sunday for me, it wasn't yet sunday for you), but I keep you in mind. I can't wait to see you guys again, chilling at your house, listening to Mike teasing me about French people, lol. I miss you.

Sandy said...

My dear Shelley, I am praying for you and I want you to know how much I admire you for your courage. You are a valiant daughter of God. I love you so much and I love Michael and your family! Please know that I am thinking of you every waking moment of my day. Hang in there!!! Sandra

PDH said...

We know you've been a "valley girl" for a lot of years, but we hope you can feel the love and prayers that come your way from your old home town. Through this blog and a daughter who loves you dearly we are kept in your circle and are reminded of your trials and our need to help where we can. God bless you and your family.
Sharlene & Paul

Spencer and Caroline Family said...

We just got home from church and I want you to know how blessed Spencer and I feel to have you as family and that we are in the same ward. Shelley and Mike, you have AMAZING children as was shown by Colter's testimony in church today. My kids sure do look up to yours and I have always thought of you as one kick butt mom!! We love you and are praying for you!

amy, jordan, alyssa, tia said...

Dearest, Uncle Mike and Aunt Shelley. Thank you for always being an example of strength and righteousness for me and my family. I truly look up to you both. My heart hurts for you and your family. I fasted and prayed for you today. I know that the Lord is with you even in this trial. Shelley I have ALWAYS looked up to you as a person with amazing strength and talents. You and your family have always been a role model for me all through my life. I just want you to know how much you are loved. I will continue to pray for you in this storm in your life. Keep you head up and remember the lords arms are always around you. Thank you for your valiant example to me. I love you!

tina keller said...

Shelley & Mike, we are so blessed to know you and feel very fortunate to be able to help you in any way at this time, your family and doctors are in our prayers always. We are so thankful to you and your family for being so generous to friends with your time during such a difficult trial in your lives. We are learning so much from you and your examples in so many ways, your children are amazing! We love you and are here in any way we can be. Love, The Kellers

Jen Shumway said...

Our family fasted for you today. We just went through this with Ricks Mom. We felt that she got such great care at Banner Desert. They got more accomplished in 3 days then they did at her hospital stay of two weeks at another hospital. So glad you are at a place that is knowledgable to help. You are all in our prayers. Rick and Jennifer Shumway

Cindy said...

Dearest Shelley and Michael,
I want you to know how much I love you both! Shelley you have always been an example to me of courage, incredible strength and selfless love! I'm amazed at your concern for me when I've come to see you in the hospital. Thank you for being a light to me and my family! I pray for the angels to continue to minister you during this difficult time! You are not alone! All my love forever, Cindy (Cinderella)

LuAnne and Kevin Miller said...

Hi Shelley & Mike, We want you to know we are thinking of you and added your name at the Manti Temple on Friday night. We have been following your progress thanks to this Blog. We check it every night. We express our sincere hope that the treatments that Mike has described will be effective. Shelley - stay strong and remember that we are all out here praying for you. I have so many memories of our fun together as cousins. Remember our summer at Keams Canyon and our dog named "Pete"? Best wishes in the coming days. We love you, LuAnne and Kevin Miller

Shayla said...

Conway Family,
I just looked at my school email and found out about you Shelley. The "C" word is so frightening, but the "HOPE" word is much stronger! Our family has grown to love you and your little ones we have interacted with through school, sports, etc. I will hug them when I see them in the hallways and my family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

You are amazing people and you have courage, strength, and kindness on your side. Much love, Shayla and Chris Taylor

a.overson said...


I decided to just do a quick post every time I would like to visit you. I want you to know you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. My girls also want you to know you are in their thoughts and prayers. I hope you have a good day today, whatever that includes in this situation.


michelle rasor said...

I just want you to know you are in out thoughts and in our prayers. My time that I have served with you has been very limited (girls camp) but wonderful none the less. We will be calling your RS pres and asking what we can do for your family.
You are very loved by many and your family will be blessed during this time because of who you are. Many, many are praying for you. Hang in there.
Michelle Rasor

Tom Mathews said...

"Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well... let 'em wait."
In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, "General, I fear the angels are waiting for you."
~ Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary General

I am deeply moved by your brave battle with cancer. The strong character you have displayed has set a fine example for others, and your courage and determination are an inspiration to all.
Everyone at WFG sends our prayers for your strength and comfort, and we hope you are sustained by your faith and the love and support of your family and friends.
Stay strong, and may God bless you. Let 'em wait.

Tom Mathews
Duluth, Georgia

mark said...

I told that story because I knew Shelley would laugh. We cousins used to sit and listen to my Dad tell us stories like that one about "old red". So, only Shelley and the cousins would get it.

Thanks for letting me know that Shelley got a laugh out of it.


Rubie, said...

Dear Mike & Shelley,
When we heard the our hearts and prayers went immediately to you and your family. Shelley was always so good to our boys and they loved her dearly. I just wished we had a "Shelley" living here in Globe to help us out now...haahaa. I can still see her standing in the front of the room organizing the Scouting meeting in your scout shirt. I always said I would never wear mine because I looked like a dork..but when she wore her's she looked good.

Our prayers will be with you and yoru family..and always remember that once you are a part of the "Rubalcava" family...distance doesn't mean a thing.

Love always,
Mark, Brenda, Markie, Aaron, Tiffanie and Tanay Rubalcava

Terry and Heather Lee said...

Shelley Marie Shelley,
This is your old and FAVORITE roomie Lisa Minefee (Trina's little sister)
I am truly thinking of you every moment since I heard about what is going on with you. You are in my prayers daily and in my thoughts always. And even though you stole all my boyfriends from me (Steve), I have forgiven you!!! I love you so much and I know Heavenly Father will take care of you. Tell Michael Hey for me!!!


Lisa Minefee Lewis

Terry and Heather Lee said...

By the way, that is my son-in-law and grandson. Yep, I know, Lisa is much too young to be a grandma! But it's great, I love it!