Mattie Miracle 9th Annual Walk & Family Festival -- Raised over $97,000

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Tonight's picture was taken on April 5, 2002. The day after Mattie was born. After Mattie was born, I did not know if I was coming or going. Between recovering from a C-section and emergency bladder surgery, I was in terrible pain and knocked out on pain killers. Fortunately the day after Mattie was born we were moved to a private room and Peter was able to stay in the room with me. His help was imperative because during that whole week in which we were in the hospital Peter changed every single diaper of Mattie's. Not to mention helped me get up and try to move. He had his hands full with both of us, and yet in the midst of all of this I captured this peaceful moment between father and son.

Quote of the day: To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success. ~ Henry Ford

I was up and down like a jack rabbit last night. I used to be such a great sleeper before Mattie developed cancer. So good that I could sleep sitting up. Now forget it. I am lucky if I sleep through the night. When under stress and pressure, sleep just doesn't happen. When I finally got up this morning, I felt like I had been up the entire night. Unfortunately I wasn't the only one wiped out. Peter is now sick and was unable to go to work today. Despite his protest, I put him on antibiotics! I may not be a medical doctor, but I have become savvy enough to know how to get prescriptions. I suspect this has a lot to do with Mattie's cancer. I now never want to be without needed medication. Given all my medical issues, having access to all sorts of antibiotics are crucial. So I chalk up my issues to benefiting Peter. It is my hope he feels better soon. As I told him today, he has to take antibiotics because I am not doing this Walk without him. To that Peter laughed!

In the midst of Walk stress, I visited with my friend Margaret today. We had lunch together and just escaping my home, computer, and my blackberry for a few hours was absolutely delightful. Margaret noted that I looked better after we spent time together. The beauty of friendship!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love your blog...coming to the run on Sun. everyday reading your blog.