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I Hate Brain Tumors

Monday, March 27, 2006 8:28 PM CST

As Cathy said, this has been an awful week in the brain tumor world.

We lost our dear Fred Schappert. We grieve with Cheri and Olivia and his family.

We also lost John Collins, a very young man, who was diagnosed only 18 months ago.

Kevin Terry has had trouble with nausea and awaits MRI results. He has a dedicated wife and four young children.

Eric Busse has had some major symptoms, an MRI showed huge growth in many areas, and he is now on hospice care. He's a young surfer and bike-rider with an incredible mom and a lovely fiance.

Matt Downey is battling a recurrence, after just getting married in August.

Clyde Green has been experiencing increased symptoms and loss of function and is no longer having any kind of treatment. Clyde and Brenda's 13 year old son, Justin needs prayer; it's a rough road for him.

Please pray for these men and their families. Fred and John were much too young, as is Clyde. Kevin, Eric and Matt are all in their 20…


Welcome to the new space! I thought it would be better to not use Caring Bridge bandwith, now that we're not tracking Dave's illness, so I'm officially moving the site to here. Come on in, grab some coffee, put your feet up and stay a while!


Friday, March 24, 2006 3:58 PM CST

Fred Schappert died this morning...
please pray for Cheri, Olivia, Bryan, Augusta, Jennifer and Michelle and all his family....

Father, please hold this family close in Your loving arms, protect them, comfort them, let them know Your love, reassure them that You are welcoming Fred home. Amen.

Love, Chelle

Is Everything Ok?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:17 AM CST

I'm sorry, sorry for leaving you wondering.
Is everything okay?
Am I all right?


And no.

Learning to live with
Dave's absence.
Filling days with

Lots of new stories to tell.
Nothing new to say.

Wonderful things happening,
here in this world.
He should be here.
Anger at God.
Tears of frustration,
whole body rage.
He should be here.
I should get to see his face
when Zach makes a rebound,
when Kenny gets the silver,
when Kate dances through the backyard.

Life isn't fair.
Same song,
second verse.
I'm tired.
Tired of it.
You must be, too.

I can't tell the stories,
on their own,
without saying what it means
to have these things happen
without Dave.

It's like living off-key.
Like a song,
that's too sharp,
too flat
While it's still beautiful in places,
it's strained,
trying too hard,
full of false notes.

Every day, I think.
I can't do this any more.
Every …


Thursday, March 9, 2006 8:32 PM CST
This is a music video I made of Kenny's ski adventure. It's not loading very well because the file is so huge and I'm using tinypic which can't really handle it and so there are black lines in it that aren't in the original and it cuts off in the middle, and ends with a terrible shot of Kenny frowning at the sun, (stop to take a breath in the middle of this run-on sentence) but it gives you a little peek into the weekend, so I thought I'd put it up here anyway, it was quicker than trying to upload several pictures.

Here's an early prototype of the basketball one. It doesn't have any videoclips, just pictures. It has the same problems the skiing one does, but it gives you an idea. You should see them when we play the dvd on the tv. They look fabulous, if I do say so myself. I've also learned how to tweak the pictures and clips now so that there aren't any weird cut-off shots like there are in these. Anyway, I&#…

Leadership Camp

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 12:03 AM CST

Updates on basketball and skiing coming soon, I promise. I've got to get the stories down before I forget!

But....this weekend, Kenny is going back to Leadership Camp, this time as a Junior Counselor! I'm really proud of him. He's been going to training for several weeks now.

If you would like, please write Kenny a letter telling him how terrific he is. Send it to me at and I'll print it out for him. They have a closing ceremony at camp, and the kids all get these letters from home, and so if you'd like your letter included....get it to me by TONIGHT! Wednesday. Sorry for the short notice!

Love you, Shell

Mission Ridge

Saturday, March 4, 2006 9:50 PM CST

Quick note from beautiful Bavarian Leavenworth, snuggled in the mountains. Kenny skied beautifully today, earning two bronze medals. Kate and Zach also skied/snowboarded with Uncle Bob. We are all having a fabulous time!

Last weekend in Spokane, Zach had a tournament, it was wonderful....I have a million stories from that one. Will update when I get home.

Sorry for making you worry. I had a terrible week last week. Watching Zach play, deciding to take coaches up on the invite to play All-Star basketball....I missed Dave a lot. The Warriors were his kids, and it's just not the same without him.

Which launched me into a funk along with a lot of anger, which I'll share when I get home. Probably not tomorrow...I can feel the exhaustion already, and we have another day on the mountaintop tomorrow!

Love to you all,
especially Deb, Meg, Jake and Kevin who courageously took Duke this weekend so Sara wouldn't have to do it again. We love the Wrig…