Wow, it’s been almost a week since we last updated! So much has happened.
First, thank you for praying for Lorelei. God has definitely given her extraordinary strength that can only be attributed to Him. Nobody going through chemotherapy should be able to do what Lorelei has done this week! These are just the highlights:
After chemo on Thursday the 5th, she attended a Putnam City North baseball game that evening. That’s a miracle. She’s usually very wiped out the evening after chemo, but the fatigue onset was delightfully delayed.
The following morning (Friday, April 6) the golf news story ran in the Oklahoman.
Friday morning she was too exhausted to go to school, but she dragged her body off the couch for an interview at noon (at our home) with Jamie Oberg of News9 about the soccer game being played in her honor that evening at Putnam City North.
She napped after that interview and again resurrected her fatigued body to attend the game at 8:00pm. After the game she gave another interview, this time with KOCO. Here’s that video. Toby, the reporter, also posted a written story.
After the soccer game she went to Braum’s with friends.
Saturday she watched the Masters and hung out with her brother and Samantha. And she painted her nails with prayer polish.
Sunday was Easter. We attended Sunday school and worship followed by dinner at Meme and Papa’s. Then at 3:00 she selected her dorm room at OSU with her roommate Emily Carter.
Monday she spent time with Bradley and re-did his garden. And she watched the Thunder game.
Tuesday she made pumpkin bread and picked up her prom dress from Serendipity. And she painted her nails with prayer polish.
Wednesday she golfed 18 holes in a tournament at Surrey Hills. One of the coaches told me that her girls were actually requesting to play third (which is where Lorelei plays) so they could golf with her! Apparently her reputation for making golfing 18 holes fun has gotten around. I’ve watched her. It’s true. She is very encouraging of others and always eager to make fun of her own situation. Even when she four puts on a par four. Everyone who meets Lorelei is encouraged. You can’t help it.
Also on Wednesday we picked up her graduation announcements and cap and gown. (Mom fought back tears.) She went to church, interviewed for Super Summer, and watched the Thunder with Ryley Claborn and Rachel Schooley. She also took some hair extensions and sewed them into a hat that she could wear the next day. She needs to wear a hat for golf but feels like it looks odd to wear a hat with no hair. So she fixed that very creatively! And she painted her nails with prayer polish.
Thursday she woke up at 5:30 and played 18 holes in a tournament at Trosper. Even her daddy got to come see her golf that day. We spent a few hours grabbing Chick-Fil-A and shopping for costume jewelry to wear the next day. Then she had the honor of being invited by Dr. Rhonda Roby to attend the Putnam City Foundation Wall of Fame banquet honoring Steve Largent. Then she painted her nails again with prayer polish, this time especially for homecoming.
Friday was spring sports homecoming. I bet she’s the first bald homecoming queen in Putnam City North history.
But Friday also included a big surprise. The homecoming coronation was during an all school assembly in which they were to announce the results of Heisman Week. Putnam North Students worked hard all week to raise over $28,000.00 during Heisman week and this total was announced at the assembly. North was able to provide for four wish kids’ wishes. Amazing. Lorelei knew she was one of these kids. But she did NOT know that they would be announcing how her wish would be granted at the assembly. The Make-A-Wish staff had amazingly coordinated with Ms Kutch at North and The Oklahoma City Thunder to have Brian Davis and Rumble come personally to the assembly to announce that Lorelei would get to be coach for a day of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday April 24 when the Thunder would play the Sacramento Kings. Rumble even incorporated Lorelei into a stunt in which he jumped right over her head to make a basket. They even posted about it on the ThunderFans facebook page: . She gave an interview after that to the Thunder film crew and I’ll post that here once it is posted on the Thunder’s page.
Exhausted after the exciting assembly, we came home to rest. But then the storms hit. And we worried about her sister Hannah who was in Norman and in the exact area where the Tornado hit. Thankfully Hannah made it home safely.
Then Friday evening we watched the Thunder defeat the Kings handily and she decided to be sure they run this play again on the 24th.
But when the sirens sounded in Oklahoma County at 2:30am this morning we could NOT wake her up. So, we let her sleep. (We would have carried her to the safe room if we had to, but we knew the real threat was north of us.)
This morning she rounded the rest of the family up for our traditional Saturday morning breakfast at Jimmy’s Egg. It seemed easier for her than the rest of us who were up enjoying “quality family bonding time” throughout the night with storm sirens sounding. But, I guess the turn of the tables was fair. Usually it is we who have to drag her out of bed for “The Egg.” In a way we were experiencing a taste of how she must feel most of the time.
Today we spent most of the day watching television coverage of storms. Lorelei read us notes and letters from her Spanish speaking friends in Mexico who are also lifting her up in prayer. And she painted nails with prayer polish. And finally we went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Thunder defeat the Timberwolves.
The events of this week seemed to elevate Lorelei’s status as a local celebrity. That has not been intentional. But we will intentionally capitalize on it! Lorelei desires to direct any of the attention that comes her way back to her Lord and Savior who is the reason she’s able to run this race with endurance.
Please begin praying for what God will do in the lives of people who will meet her as a result of her Make-A-Wish wish. We’ve been given little glimpses of the eternal impact of Lorelei’s cancer journey. Several people have admitted to us that God has moved in their own hearts as they have prayed for Lorelei. One gentleman who had been agnostic for over ten years said that spending just 90 minutes with Lorelei changed his life. He even went to church on Easter!
Well, storms are brewing out west and coming this way so I won’t linger much longer.
It’s a crazy roller coaster ride.
We love you all.
23 I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course.
24 So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle.
Posted on Sat, April 14, 2012
by Andrea Decker