Warwick Family

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Organizer: Friends and Family Beneficiary: Warwick Family

Let's help the Warwick Family love on their littlest blessings, and secure care for Krystal as they walk through her battle with oligoastrocytoma, a rare and debilitating type of brain tumor.

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In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1: 6-8

We all know that stay at home moms work really hard, and Krystal has been no exception. From loving on their 3 children, managing schedules, organizing the home, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to serving others in her community - she's done it all! However, as her condition has progressed, she is unable to care for her family, and more recently, herself.

Now it is our turn! As a community, let's step in to love and support the Warwicks through this difficult season, as Tommy continues to work full-time while caring for Krystal and the kids.

As you can imagine, good care does not come cheap! Full-time care for Krystal and the children is more than this family (or any!) can manage. We have an awesome team working to line up the best possible care solutions, but we need your help to make it happen!

How you Can Help:

Update 9/1/13:

Throughout this journey, all of us have seen repeating evidence of God’s grace. On the darkest and hardest of days, there have been visits, notes, meals, and donations. Grace

This week we received an exceptionally generous, anonymous, donation that helped us reached our goal of raising $20,000 for the Warwick family. Their only request was that God get the glory. Grace.

Another blessing came last week in the form of financial assistance from the state that will cover some of Krystal’s care. Grace.

Thank you so much to everyone who has prayed, served, and helped us meet our goal. What a tremendous burden to take from their family as they take care of Krystal and the kids. Grace.

During the first few months of the summer things moved and progressed and changed so quickly, it was hard to know what would be the same from week to week. Now, as Krystal’s condition has stabilized a little and school is getting ready to start, here is a quick update:

  • Tommy has been able to switch his work schedule to days
  • They have found an awesome permanent nanny for the kids that starts this week.
  • We have added more meals to the meal schedule: http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=KPKJ9415
  • Awesome friends, family, and church members have shown up in EVERY way to bless the family from cleaning out the car, planting flowers, to building ramps and stocking up the pantry.

Your donations via this website, checks, and transfers, have allowed this family to get the best possible, and consistent care for Titus, Eli, and Miriam.  The funds raised will cover 100% off the childcare costs, and the remainder of Krystal’s care in entirety for the next 6 months.  

Looking ahead- We are going to keep this website up even though our goal has been reached. This is going to be a long and expensive journey for this family, and if you feel called to go above and beyond in your blessing of them. Please do! We will also continue to share with you updates on how Krystal and her family are walking on this journey.

Again, thank you for your amazing generosity that has served as such a tangible evidence of God’s Grace in the Warwick’s lives.


 

Krystal's Journey:

2011
  • Feb 25th: initial seizure, 10 days after Miriam's birth
  • March 22nd: tumor removal surgery
  • Diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma 
  • Radiation for 6 weeks
  • MRI's every 3 months
  • July 15: seizure 
  • Ongoing chemotherapy (pill type for one week each month)
 
2012
  • February: MRI/PET scan showed growth of original tumor
  • April 5th: Gamma Knife Surgery
  • June 5th: multiple seizures, as a side effect of Gamma Knife
  • Summer, Fall: clean MRI's
  • December: MRI very encouraging (no new growth & shrinkage of existing tumors)
 
2013
  • March 27th: routine MRI showed growth & new tumors
  • April 4th: Gamma Knife Surgery
  • May: IV chemo begins, to be administered 1x/month for a year alongside Avastin (aggressive treatment)
  • June 22nd: reported numbness/tingling on right side extremeties, began "stumbling"
  • July 2nd: routine MRI revealed another new tumor (located on the brain stem), IV chemo discontinued as ineffective, return to chemo in pill form, steroids ceased, ongoing memory loss, extreme fatigue, & language deficits
  • July 4th: enjoyed the Bothell 4th of July parade with her family under her own power, still mobile on July 7th
  • July 8th: right side no longer functional, now requires a wheel chair and full-time assistance to maintain safety
On November 19th Krystal went to be with her Lord and Savior.  She died peacefully after her nearly 3 year battle with brain tumors in the comfort of her home. 

If I donate, where will the money go?

 100% of the donated funds (after the PayPal fee) will go directly to 3 critical needs:

  1. Childcare for Titus almost 6, Eli almost 4, & Miriam 2.5
  2. Medical expenses
  3. Home health care for Krystal
Your Gift:

To ensure 100% of your donations are correctly routed to these 3 priorities, we have set up a joint account with checks and balances throughout the process. If you would like to know more about how the money will be managed, please email Todd Neuharth at: toddski74@yahoo.com

This website does not charge a fee for hosting, but PayPal does charge a 2.9% processing fee, plus $0.30 per transaction. 

To avoid fees (especially on larger donations), there is an option to direct transfer money from your PayPal account to: warwick5family@gmail.com

Or you can mail a check payable to Tommy Warwick c/o: Todd Neuharth 17608 20th Dr SE Bothell, WA 98012

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12/01/2013
by Friends and Family

Blessings~

And she is gone...from our sight but never from our hearts. It was an honor to spend the last 12 hours of her time on earth with Krystal and an experience I shall never forget. It was as peaceful as a passing one could ever hope for, and she looked absolutely beautiful as she came face to face with her Lord and Savior.

Loss is such a hard feeling to describe as it can be so different for so many. There are plenty of tears, pain so unbearable at times it feels as if it could break us, and days when we ask why?  Know that as we all grieve the loss of Krystal in our own unique way, each of you is in our thoughts as well. This nearly 3 year journey was made bearable by the generosity of so many, and in so many different ways. Thank you! We have been blessed with cards, notes, meal deliveries, groceries, donations, visits, prayers, and phone call after phone call inquiring what did this family need, what could a friend do. Thank you! Our hearts may be sad as our journey continues, but our hearts are also overflowing with joy to have been supported by so many. Church friends, personal friends, family (near and far), clients, co-workers, teachers, newspapers, strangers and the list goes on and on. Thank you!

 There are no words to possible convey our gratitude to each and every one of you, just please know that you have made a difference in our lives. We have been blessed and you are our blessing...Thank you!

 ~Aunt Cindy


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11/23/2013
by Friends and Family
On November 19th Krystal went to be with her Lord and Savior.  She died peacefully after her nearly 3 year battle with brain tumors in the comfort of her home. 
The daughter of Bev and Rich Woodward, Krystal entered our world on January 4th, 1984.  Raised in Bothell, she was a 2002 BHS graduate later attending WSU (Alpha Chi Omega) and graduating from U of W (Bothell).
It was while attending WSU, Krystal met the love of her life, Tommy Warwick.  After marrying in 2006, Krystal's lifelong dream of being a mommy was fulfilled as she was blessed with 3 beautiful children within the next 5 years.  It was a role she embraced and cherished.
She was predeceased by her Grandma and Grandpa Grandy (Vern and Bernice), her Grandma and Grandpa Woodward (Timothy and Beatrice), and her Uncle Tim.
In addition to her husband and young children, those mourning her loss include her sister Becky Clifford (Tom), her Aunt Cindy Sheff, Ron and Jeri Warwick, Becky and Rick Knoetgen, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Her friends in Christ as well as her friends from every corner of her life will be forever changed from having known her.
We, her family, are heartbroken, yet our loss is heaven's gain.  Krystal was a woman of very strong faith, not afraid to sit at the feet of her Lord and Savior, although deeply saddened to leave her young children and husband.  She dearly wished for more time with them but that was not to be.
We will gather in a celebration of Krystal's life on November 30th, at 1 pm at Mars Hill Church Shoreline, 2800 NE 200th St., Shoreline, WA  98155.

In Leu of flowers, please prayerfully consider continuing to support their family. They have found 2 amazing nannies who are currently caring for the children while Tommy is at work.  We would like to continue covering this expense as long as possible to allow Tommy to focus on his three little blessings.

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11/20/2013
by Friends and Family
Krystal went to be with Jesus last night.

Our hearts are sad, but we rejoice knowing she is with her Jesus now.

Service details and an update from the family will be posted when they are ready.

At this time, please just pray for their family. 
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11/06/2013
by Friends and Family
Aunties, Pink Piggy, Halloween and 5K
 
All three kids once again got to go spend some time with their Aunt Becky. They adore her, and we appreciate her efforts (quite the adventure getting to Bremerton and back) to help out in this way. Someone forgot to tell the powers that be that a middle of the night low tide is unacceptable when the Warwick kids are visiting. So no beach time this time around, but it sounded like they had a grand time at the corn maze and bouncy house, not to mention out for pizza. Upon arriving home I overheard Mr. Polite, (Elijah) ask her how long she would be staying. I find that hilarious as this is the same kid who asks me the same thing on my work days, the difference being he wanted Aunt Becky to stay (play) while I think what he is really asking me is "how long do we have to follow your rules?" Regardless I have always loved being an Auntie!
 
A few weeks ago a stuffed animal joined the menagerie that is Miss Miriam's 2 year old world. She has many and can usually be heard at any given time talking and singing to them. She has quite the imagination and I think she will probably be one of those kids with an imaginary friend when she gets a little older. She has attached herself to Pink Piggy like no other! She always needs to know where it is, and it is the only animal out of the crib with her each and every morning. And good luck if it has been misplaced at naptime or bedtime, we spend a lot of time hunting for Pink Piggy and if our efforts fall short...real tears! Thank you Gramma Becky for Pink Piggy! (might wanna snag another in case this one really does become lost)
 
The entire Warwick family went out trick or treating on Halloween and had a really good time. Titus, some sort of snake/lizard. Elijah, a monster. And Miss Miriam, Minnie Mouse. Tommy, Krystal, Gramma Bev, and I went as ourselves. This was the 1st year that Elijah was brave enough to march up to the door (hooray) but not so much Miss Miriam. She would follow her brothers only so far and stop(she needed her hand held) 10 feet from the door at the 1st few houses, (we then carried her up to the next few) and she went home with Gramma shortly thereafter. Titus and Tommy would have stayed out a whole lot longer but Mommy was tired after about an hour so back to Gramma's for the rest of us as well. 
 
This past Saturday was the much anticipated 5K in honor of Krystal, planned for weeks by her friend Nadya. Mother Nature tried to put a damper on the event, with wind gusts exceeding 30 mph, trees down, branches flying, and power out for some but we persevered. What a wonderful expression of love and support, from near and far, from family and friends. It was a much needed spirit lifter for many, a lot of laughter, some tears, and encouraging words from strangers. I met a nice lady who read the article in the Bothell Reporter, who was herself a 30 year brain tumor survivor. She wanted to come and meet Krystal just to let her know that although her story will end differently than hers, she was praying for her and the family. This was incredible to me, that a total stranger, with no ties whatsoever to any of us would come out on such a wickedly wild weather day to share this with us. She could have stayed within the comfort and safety of her home and yet chose to reach out to one in need. I did not think to ask her name but this woman's act of kindness will not soon be forgotten. The U of W Police department was well represented, as was Mar's Hill church. We were able to say hello to friends from Bothell High School, WSU, childhood friends, former neighbors, former bosses, former co-workers, even former husbands. There was an army of volunteers who cannot be thanked enough, and please know we appreciate each and every one of you who braved the elements to support us on what was a most amazing day. It truly was a blessing!
 
Our previously scheduled hospice care conference has been postponed for another week or so. Tommy and Krystal have chosen to have one last MRI that has been arranged for this Thursday, so the care conference will happen sometime after that appointment.
 
Our gratitude is immeasurable, as we feel the love and support shown to us from friends, family, and strangers.
Thank you so much~
Aunt Cindy

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10/20/2013
by Friends and Family

Falling leaves and Fire engines... 

 

With the onset of autumn also came the realization that this will be Krystal's last favorite season in our presence. Krystal loves this season of pumpkins, beautiful colored trees, falling leaves, the crispness of the air, and the aroma of something yummy in the crock-pot. She always looked forward to decorating the interior of their home with the warmth of the season, and the annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch. Oh how she looked forward to observing her kidlets scrambling to choose the most "perfect one". Her blog posts about their Pumpkin Patch adventures are just one of many things I am already missing. Tommy did manage to load the family into the van a couple of weeks ago and take them twice in one weekend, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

 

The kids got to have another overnight stay at Gramma and Grampa's house while the Huskies tried to drown the Oregon Ducks. They were very excited to go as they were promised time in the hot tub "in the dark" and roasting(setting em on fire) marshmallows over the open fire. Miriam waited till 6:45 in the morning to wake Gramma for a diaper change which is the kids norm, but way, way too early for Gramma to be awake, let alone up! Husky home games are a good time to visit Krystal as the kids are usually not there, so you can have an uninterrupted conversation. And truth be told I think she gets lonely with just her caregiver for company.

 

A series of boxes arrived week before last, all addressed to different members of the Warwick household. I tried my best to "hide" them (per the senders instructions) but found that easier said than done. Six year olds have pretty good memories (when they want to) and Titus was very curious as to what was in each of them. Thank you Grampa Ron and Gramma Jeri...I so wish you could have been present for the smiles. There were goodies galore for the kids including lots of "military attire", yummies for Krystal, and when Tommy opened his, he said " this is just like Christmas"...and then the BIG BOX! The biggest, bestest, fire engine ever, before we even had batteries to make it operational! And just in time for Elijah's "special day" at school where he gets to bring the snack, present his "show and tell" and be in charge of some of the activities in his classroom. He chose to wear his new dark grey cords with red fire engines on them with his coordinating fireman sweatshirt and coat! And of course he took a fire engine.(the new one was far too big to fit in his book bag, but he had plenty others to choose from) He was a very happy camper to say the least.

 

 

Excitement is building for The War on Brain Tumors 5K next month. The kids have been informed of the event, and so ask daily "how much longer till we walk for Mommy?" Tommy is excited that he gets to go for a run, and we are all really looking forward to seeing everyone. The article this week in the Bothell Reporter was very informative and we are hoping that some of the same people from Krystal's past that saw the article in August about this journey, will read this one as well and be able to join us. We are encouraged by the number of participants who have registered and hope to register many more on the day of the event. 

 

 

Krystal's status remains about the same. I was finally able to meet her nurse when she came by last week. It was nice to be able to voice my concerns surrounding her health, (headaches, ravenous appetite, tiredness) and feel as if I was heard.

The hospice team has requested a family care conference that will include the social worker for the adults as well as the one for the kids, and the nurse. Tommy, Krystal, her mom, sister, and I plan on attending. We are not really sure what to expect out of this meeting, but I've got a feeling we are gonna need a box of Kleenex. The meeting is currently scheduled for Monday the 28th at 4pm at the house, and I hope to write the next update shortly thereafter. Until then, tell those that you love that you do!

 Thank you for your continued support through your prayers, meals, visits, donations, and all the love that helps to lighten our burden. 

 ~Aunt Cindy

If you would like to bless the Warwicks with a meal- new dates have been added:
 http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=KPKJ9415

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f you would like to register to join us for the 5k:http://waronbraintumors.azurewebsites.net/index.html

In case you missed the Bothell Reporter Article: http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/228098241.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialmedia

 


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10/19/2013
by Friends and Family
Feeling Blessed!

Krystal's Story is on the front page of the Bothell Reporter again this week.

We are so excited to see many of you at the 5k in a couple weeks!

http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/228098241.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialmedia
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10/02/2013
by Friends and Family

Gratitude

So many have been so thoughtful throughout our journey, and our gratitude has no bounds. Your gifts of friendship, prayers, financial assistance, time, meals, and well wishes continue to lift our spirits. We are so grateful!

And now we will be blessed yet again. A friend of the Warwick's has taken on the task of planning a 5K Benefit Run/Walk for Krystal. Please check it out at: http://waronbraintumors.azurewebsites.net and join us if you are able!

We are grateful for her efforts in putting this together, as the entire family is really looking forward to seeing familiar faces. We can't wait for the opportunity to meet friends unknown to us as well!

On a much smaller scale Titus participated in his 1st "fun run" as well. Gramma Bev and I attended the walk-a-thon that he took part in last Thursday at his elementary school. Watching over 100 kindergarteners running and walking for 45 minutes exhausted us, as we cannot recall ever having that much energy. He was quite proud of his achievement, and once he figured out that he could run faster with his jeans buttoned, success was his! 

Speaking of energy...Krystal has days with some, and days with none. On occasion she will be up and awake for 10 hours at a time, and other days she will be up for only an hour and then nap for two or more. She has lost none of what makes Krystal...Krystal. She is at times funny as ever, determined, and unafraid to speak her mind. These are glimpses of the Krystal that we know and love, making the time spent in her presence truly a blessing. We are grateful for every minute of every day that she is with us.

With Gratitude~

Aunt Cindy 


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09/18/2013
by Friends and Family

Hospice

Our journey with hospice holding our hands has officially begun. Tommy, Krystal, and I (note taker) met with Providence Hospice of Snohomish County on Monday afternoon. A social worker and intake nurse met with the three of us for nearly two hours. They could not have been more informative and supportive and explained everything very thoroughly. A visiting nurse will be stopping by, just once a week for now. Also there will be a social worker available for any one of us who just needs to share, to vent, or ask questions of.

This step of reaching out to hospice was a very difficult one to make, yet necessary as there are no longer any medical options available. I see it as the first step for all of us towards "letting go". Their purpose being to provide comfort care for Krystal without medical intervention going forward as the long good-bye continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,

~Aunt Cindy 


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09/18/2013
by Friends and Family

Hospice

Our journey with hospice holding our hands has officially begun. Tommy, Krystal, and I (note taker) met with Providence Hospice of Snohomish County on Monday afternoon. A social worker and intake nurse met with the three of us for nearly two hours. They could not have been more informative and supportive and explained everything very thoroughly. A visiting nurse will be stopping by, just once a week for now. Also there will be a social worker available for any one of us who just needs to share, to vent, or ask questions of.

This step of reaching out to hospice was a very difficult one to make, yet necessary as there are no longer any medical options available. I see it as the first step for all of us towards "letting go". Their purpose being to provide comfort care for Krystal without medical intervention going forward as the long good-bye continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,

~Aunt Cindy 


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09/15/2013
by Friends and Family

It takes a lot out of her, but Krystal has chosen to go on a few outings as of late. She has always loved to go shopping for anything and everything. Taking her 3 kids along never seemed to slow her down or stop her from her weekly adventures to Freddys, Target, or Trader Joe's. The brain tumor, and her inability to drive, took these outings away from her. So a shopping she did go in the past couple weeks! The first trip was with Tommy to pick out birthday gifts for Titus. The second trip was with her sister, and caregiver Ann, for clothes for herself and some personal items. The three of them even went out to lunch at Olive Garden. It is through the generosity of others that this is possible as they have received many gift cards in recent months.

 

Last Sunday the entire family took in a baseball game at Safeco Field, as Tommy had been given tickets from their landlord. Krystal's Dad went along to assist with the kids. This was a 1st for them and they were beyond excited- of course they are all now fans of sporting events, thinking it is all about non-stop snacking! I am glad that Krystal was able to attend with her family to create another special memory with them.

 

Titus loves Kindergarten! When asked by whomever what he enjoys most, his reply is always the same "Recess". Good to know he is a typical kid. Elijah started pre-school this week and the house is now strangely quiet for two mornings a week for a few hours. It is amazing what you can accomplish with two less children to supervise and referee.

 

We returned to the local park to celebrate the 6th birthday of Titus. The lack of sunshine did not stop us from enjoying yummy chocolate cake, (per his request to Gramma) and the fellowship of friends. All of the kids seemed to not lack the energy to run and play while the adults visited with each other and Krystal got to gaze upon the babies. It was heartwarming to observe the interaction between Krystal and her friends, so patient and loving. Titus enjoyed his gifts and again I apologize for the whistles in the piñata mix. Hopefully they are all "missing" by today =) He received well wishes from near and far, as well as gifts and he truly enjoyed his special day.

 

The week began with the addition of Shyra, starting her schedule of caring for the children part-time. Not sure "part-time" is appropriate as three 11 hours days is more than part-time. She keeps the kids happy and fed as well as providing shuttle service to and from school. Welcome Shyra!  We also welcome the new Krystal Caregivers sent to us by Catholic Community Services. It appears we have found a good fit. Krystal's primary caregiver, Ann, is attentive to her needs and is willing to go along and assist on outings away from home during her shift. That is a blessing as Krystal seems to be in "go-mode" in recent weeks. Welcome CCS, we look forward to working with you.

 

While on our journey towards Krystal's "Home-going" we continue to be bolstered by the care, concern, love and support of so many. To those known and unknown to us, we are so thankful.  Bless you!      


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09/08/2013
by Friends and Family
It was "Get-away" week at The Warwick's last week...and they all did!
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It started on Monday the 26th of August when Titus, Elijah, and Miss Miriam got to spend 2 nights and 3 days with Aunt Becky and Uncle Tom at "Clifford's Beach House". They live on the water in Bremerton, and not only do the kids adore them, they love spending time on the beach. That their household also includes 1 dog, 2 puppies, and a bird helps to keep them occupied as well.
Back on this side of the pond, Gramma Bev, myself, Daddy, Mommy, and Titus all went to the "Meet and Greet" for Kindergarteners at Frank Love Elementary. We saw his classroom, met with his teacher, and got to see him try out his little chair at his desk for the 1st time.(sniff)
No rest for the weary the next day Tommy took all three kids to the zoo in the morning, before taking the boys for their annual check-ups at the pediatricians nearby. I am happy to report that they are both healthy and growing like weeds after a Spring rain.
 
The big "Get-Away" of the week was all about Krystal and oh what fun she had. It started as a surprise but come to find out Tommy is not one to keep secrets. Trust me it was difficult with something this "BIG"! Becky wanted to do something for Krystal, and when you ask her all she really wants is the gift of time. Since we are not in charge of that, Becky reached out to the management team of The Dave Matthews Band(Tommy and Krystal's absolute favorite)just to see what could be pulled together within a very short time frame. Many emails, and phone calls later a plan was hatched for an unforgettable experience. The three of them headed to Eastern Washingtonon Sunday leaving about noon. After a brief nap at the hotel, it was off to the Gorge. They were treated to a shuttle(with lift for Krystal's wheelchair)ride from the parking lot to the lounge area, a lengthy visit with the trumpeter from the band, adult beverages, and 20 minutes with a kind, caring, and compassionate Dave Matthews. I think all three might have been a little "star struck" as they all described it the same "unbelievable" "amazing" "fantastic", but kept their wits about them to get some things autographed. And oh yea, they had awesome seats for the concert as well! It was perfect, and I am happy for all three of them to have this memory to treasure for the rest of their lives. Although they returned the next day exhausted I hope I never forget the smile on Krystal's face when asked if she enjoyed herself...she BEAMS. And those 3 words I mentioned above that they all used to describe this experience, I would use to describe the heart of Krystal's sister, Becky. You are truly one of a kind! Since the children are not quite old enough to stay home alone they had a 2 night stay at Gramma and Grampa Woodward's, where they enjoyed time in the hot tub, getting crafty, popcorn both nights(!) and some just plain ol' playing...but dang they get up early!
 
As mentioned in the previous update, the initial financial goal has been met. In just a short amount of time you gave us the security of knowing that for awhile we can cross this off our concern list. And just spend our time wisely, loving on Krystal, while she spends her time loving on her children and Tommy. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you!
~Aunt Cindy 

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09/01/2013
by Friends and Family

Throughout this journey, all of us have seen repeating evidence of God’s grace. On the darkest and hardest of days, there have been visits, notes, meals, and donations. Grace

This week we received an exceptionally generous, anonymous, donation that helped us reached our goal of raising $20,000 for the Warwick family. Their only request was that God get the glory. Grace.

Another blessing came last week in the form of financial assistance from the state that will cover some of Krystal’s care. Grace.

Thank you so much to everyone who has prayed, served, and helped us meet our goal. What a tremendous burden to take from their family as they take care of Krystal and the kids. Grace.

During the first few months of the summer things moved and progressed and changed so quickly, it was hard to know what would be the same from week to week. Now, as Krystal’s condition has stabilized a little and school is getting ready to start, here is a quick update:

  • Tommy has been able to switch his schedule to days
  • They have found an awesome permanent nanny for the kids that starts this week.
  • We have added more meals to the meal schedule: http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=KPKJ9415
  • Awesome friends, family, and church members have shown up in EVERY way to bless the family from cleaning out the car, planting flowers, to building ramps and stocking up the pantry.

Your donations via this website, checks, and transfers, have allowed this family to get the best possible, and consistent care for Titus, Eli, and Miriam.  The funds raised will cover 100% off the childcare costs, and the remainder of Krystal’s care in entirety for the next 6 months.  

Looking ahead- We are going to keep this website up even though our goal has been reached. This is going to be a long and expensive journey for this family, and if you feel called to go above and beyond in your blessing of them. Please do! We will also continue to share with you updates on how Krystal and her family are walking on this journey.

Again, thank you for your amazing generosity that has served as such a tangible evidence of God’s Grace in the Warwick’s lives.


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08/26/2013
by Friends and Family
Update to this weeks post:
After I wrote this early Saturday the day brought a scare that sent some of us scrambling. Jen V. was the kid care provider that day and was visiting with Krystal around 1pm when she noticed her slurred speech and thick tongue. 911 was called and Krystal was transported to UW Medical Center. Shortly after, her dad arrived to take over the babysitting duties. That way Jen was able to ride with Krystal in the ambulance to the hospital where Tommy was able to meet them directly from his work. I was able to relieve Grampa by 2pm, and Gramma helped me later with dinner, baths, and bedtime. After tests were done it was concluded that she had suffered a small seizure, and both Krystal and Tommy returned home exhausted 7 hours after it all began. 
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08/25/2013
by Friends and Family

  It was a week of Hello's and Goodbye's, Sickness and Celebration at the Warwick's.

  We said goodbye to Grampa Ron and Gramma Jeri as they left to go home to Colorado, and said Hello to Tommy's Mom, Becky and her new husband Rick.

 Unfortunately Titus came down with a bug Sunday evening that was shared with his sibling's during the course of the week. Miss Miriam (newly named "Miss Unpredictable" when she is sick) caught it on Wednesday and Elijah on Thursday. Thankfully his was caught early, after the 2 earlier rounds Tommy was able to rush he Elijah to the doctor when the slightest of symptoms appeared.

  Everyone was good to go for the celebration of Tommy's and Elijah's birthday at a local park Friday, and the kids really enjoyed themselves. It warmed my heart for Krystal to be able to witness and share in such a happy occasion. Our typical day to day routine does not contain a lot of joy and the smiles at the park that day are a memory I will not soon forget. We were joined by Aunt Becky, Gramma and Grampa Woodward, Tommy's Aunt Peggy, his cousin Todd along with his wife Blair and their kids, Blake and Emma. Becky and Rick were able to join in the celebration as well, and it was nice to put faces to names and meet everyone. After all of the children (even 2 year old Miriam) had multiple swings at the piñata, we let the eldest birthday boy take the final whack and the candy went flying which brought squeals of delight from the kids. Gifts followed the cupcakes and ice cream, and Elijah loved everything he received...Thank you!

  We are thankful for our friendships, both the old and the new. It is the care and concern from others that ease our daily burdens, and help to remind us we are not alone...as we all face the impending loss of one so loved.

 I would like to give a special shout out to Heather and Aunt Becky...you ladies work many hours behind the scenes to allow those of us on the schedule to know what is happening when each week...Thank you both so very very much!

 ~Aunt Cindy


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08/18/2013
by Friends and Family

With Grampa Ron and Gramma Geri visiting for the week from Colorado, life at the Warwick home got a little easier this week, and a lot more fun. They have been so helpful with the kids and Krystal and Ron even found the time to get a few things crossed of the household "to do" list. (Thanks Grampa)

The entire family went to the Museum of Flight on Tuesday and had a great time. Both boys practically tripped over their tongues sharing with me everything they saw, they especially liked the trains! 

 

Wednesday was the day of Krystal's 3 part appointment at UW, an MRI, Avastin Infusion, followed by her doctor appointments. Upon arrival her blood pressure and platelet levels were so low that they could not do the infusion. Instead she had a blood transfusion and they ended up being there for 7 hours. Unfortunately there are limited options for further treatment, none of them with more than a 5% success rate. The treatments could potentially prolong her life, but, then you have to consider the side effects and quantity vs. quality. They were given a very short timeline of her life expectancy. It was hard to hear and harder yet to comprehend, it is difficult to wrap your heart around what your head knows to be true. So there are choices to be made, none of them easy.

 

Kim, the speech therapist came by on Thursday, she is a breath of fresh air. She is so kind and patient with Krystal, such a great example of how best to communicate with her. She gave us excellent ideas on how best to keep everyone's frustration level down when talking with Krystal. I found it most interesting that although the initial tumor is on the left side of her brain, and is impacting her speech and memory, the right side of the brain controls our ability to sing. I was moved to tears as Krystal was able to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star without missing a word! She suggested Christmas Carols and songs from childhood, as well as nursery rhymes, and anything with a cadence.

 

That was also the day that the article was published in the Bothell Reporter. The outpouring of support as a result has given us all a much needed lift. If you have not already done so I would encourage everyone to read it and share via your favorite social media site, a phone call to a neighbor, or even the checker at your grocery store. We realize we are not the only family to face a tremendous hardship, but it does help to know we are being thought of by so many. http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/219810381.html

 

Tommy had asked me a few years back that if the Seahawks ever hosted the Bronco's he would gladly attend.  It made me happy that I was able to make that happen for him, and he took his Dad and Father-in law, Rich. I am sure he would have wished for the game to end differently, I am just glad he got out of the house for some fun and making memories with the men in his life.

 

Thanks to everyone for their continued support. Our lives are somehow made easier by everyone who has reached out to us offer us so much LOVE!

~Aunt Cindy


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08/14/2013
by Friends and Family

We continue to be strengthened by the kindness and support of all the caring individuals who make our day to day lives brighter. A phone call to ask how Krystal is doing or how we are coping, a friend wanting to arrange a visit, the many gifts of food, all help us to feel not so alone on our journey. We are so grateful to all of you!

As organized as we try to be the household just tends to be busy, not as hectic of a pace as in recent weeks, but busy all the same. Tommy had a lengthy interview to secure more care for Krystal, we are holding our breath with our fingers crossed, and sending up a prayer that this will be approved.

We welcomed the editor of the Bothell Reporter in to the Warwick home for an interview. I had reached out to her a few weeks back hoping to call attention to the needs of Krystal and Tommy, connecting with the community where Krystal was born and raised and recently moved back to. It went very well, we all contributed to the story our thoughts and feelings about this journey, and we look forward to seeing it in print in the August 16th edition.

Tommy's Dad and stepmom arrived safely from Colorado on Sunday for the week ahead. The boys were really looking forward to them coming, and I am sure they will get some extra loving from Grampa and Gramma.

Krystal's Uncle Dave, Aunt Lori, and cousin Rachael also came down for a brief visit from Stanwood. Krystal loves company, but unfortunately with her limited waking hours it can be a challenge to fit everyone in.

Krystal has a very long appointment at the hospital today (all afternoon), where hopefully we will obtain information to let us know where the road leads, and what, if any, treatment lies ahead. 

That is the same day as the arrival of The Maid Brigade, and we thank them as well for all of their generosity these past 2 1/2 years. 

Thank You Again for your Love and Support!!

Aunt Cindy


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08/08/2013
by Friends and Family

It was another busy, and sometimes stressful, week for all at the Warwick home as we began to turn her care over to the professionals, lots of chaos and confusion. Here are a few notes and highlights for the week. Thank you again for your Love and Support and for keeping them in your prayers.

  • The Speech therapist visit gave excellent suggestions on how best to communicate with Krystal, when you visit, please read the paper that now lives on the kitchen counter.
  • There will be no more physical therapy visits, Krystal’s mobility will not improve. Caregivers will continue to exercise her left leg.
  • It has been recommended that visits be kept to 20-30 minutes. Much more than this is very tiring for Krystal.
  • The Allen family got Krystal a brand new swivel rocker recliner that sits higher than the one she had, and the hope is this will make it easier for her to transfer to and from her wheel chair.
  • Two visitors Jen M and Jen V...gifted yummy Zuccinni muffins, a meal and a beautiful handmade quilt that brought a tear to my eye it was so Krystal!
  • Krystal got out of the house this week for something other than doctor’s appointments! The Warwicks went to Gramma and Grampa's on Sunday for a visit with the Lamer family, and dinner.  Their Family also went to weekly community group and everyone was able to sit outside and have a good time of sharing and fellowship. She was too tired to respond, but, said she could understand what everyone was saying.

-       Aunt Cindy


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07/31/2013
by Friends and Family

It was another busy week at the Warwick's with many blessings received and we are very thankful for all of them.

  • A lot of pre-cooked items for the freezer from friends and some yummy treats that will make meal time a little easier for Tommy in the weeks ahead.
  • Another friend dropped off a beautiful bouquet of flowers that brought a smile from Krystal.
  • Krystal also had some friends arrange to come by for visits this week. If this is something that you feel might be important to you, we would suggest arranging those sooner rather than later.
  • The visiting nurse and physical therapist also came by to check on Krystal, as they will now do once a week.
  •  Tommy also chose and met with a Home Health Care Agency to provide care for Krystal during the day while he is at work.
  • Titus had some much needed one on one time with Gramma Bev to go and get his school supplies for Kindergarten and his backpack. They also started his clothes shopping for school, he is most proud of his camo attire.
  • All three kids went to Gramma's overnight (without Gramma who is ill) to give Tommy some quiet time with Krystal, and to eat popcorn with Grampa.
  • There has now been a ramp built that will enable Krystal outside access when she is well enough to enjoy

It has also been a hard week, as Krystal’s headaches are increasing in frequency and severity. On those days she spends many hours in bed. Her short term memory is shorter still, and her struggle to find her words can be very frustrating for her, as well as the listener. We are thankful that she still has what language she does have and try to relieve her of her anxiety with this ongoing issue. Since Krystal is right handed and without use of the right side of her body, mealtime can be a challenge as well. If you happen to be there to share a meal, you can assist her by putting a finger on the side of her bowl/plate so she does not have to chase it around the table.

 

The week ahead will continue to be busy as everyone adjusts to Tommy's return to work, and the Care Team takes over the household duties. Thanks to everyone who have given countless hours to make this as smooth of a transition as possible.

 

And for all the continued support and prayers, we are most grateful as we journey together through the darkness that has become our reality.

 

Again, our heartfelt thanks

~Aunt Cindy  


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07/22/2013
by Friends and Family

Hi Everyone! Thank you So much for your support! We have all been so blessed by your generosity, and Krystal has loved hearing your kind words and notes written to her. 

Here is an update from Krystal's Aunt Cindy who has been a huge blessing spending time with their family and helping them get settled in their new home.

 This past week-end was a busy one in the Warwick household, as we continue to get them settled into their new home. Lots of organizing, rearranging, and brainstorming on how to make the household more efficient for the family's needs.

 

We were blessed by the helping hands of Gina, Krystal's longtime friend from their days at WSU. She flew out from Wyoming to be a part of the care team and share her smile with Krystal. The sound of laughter could be heard whenever Krystal was up, with Gina always nearby ready to share a photograph to help Krystal recall the good ol' days or just sitting side by side. She even treated Krystal to a pedicure which she really enjoyed.  She made a sign "We Love Our Mommy" using her crafting skills that will bring a smile to our faces in the weeks ahead as we gaze upon the wall. Titus, Elijah, and Miss Miriam loved on Gina as well, and she loved them back. Her presence lightened our lives with her giving, cheerful self and we are so grateful for the visit. She also blessed Tommy and Krystal with a two camera monitoring system, so they can watch their angels sleep, and Tommy does not have to continually check the hallway whenever he hears a noise. Thank you Gina from all of us!

The Warwick's were in need of a second fridge as the one that came with the house is quite small and with all the blessings of food we were using ice chests to keep everything cold. Thank you Andersons and Lamers, for making that happen for them! Also Aunt Becky brought a small pool for the kids, so if you are planning a visit with children, bring along their swimsuits and enjoy. 


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