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Saturday, September 15

Grayson*


tammy & grayson

My dear friend Tammy is in need of some serious superpower prayers and healing vibes from my blogging posse. She does not have a blog herself but does read some of ours and may start one someday soon. She works in the adoption field and has been known to gift the birth moms with delicious Superhero necklaces (which means she's so one of us!).

Her amazing son Grayson is in the hospital getting treatment (one of more than 30 times) and it can be frightening and not at all fun for him and his family. Tammy had reached out to me yesterday asking me for prayer and I thought why not ask my sweet blog family to circle around Grayson and his family during this time of need?

You all did this for my nephew last Christmas while he was in intensive care and he is now a walking miracle.

Grayson was an incredibly healthy active 10 year old when he suddenly became ill at Fall States (year round swim meet). He was admitted to the hospital, started bleeding internally, needed blood transfusion and had to be urgently transferred to a larger pediatric hospital. After 12 days in the hospital and a blood transfusion, he was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis. He has been hospitalized about 30 times over the last 2 1/2 years. He takes meds that suppress his immune system and will most likely for the rest of his life. He has a port surgically sewn into his chest so that he can receive his meds more directly. The medication he receives every other month to keep him from bleeding in his colon is a chemo type drug with sometimes debilitating side effects. He faces long term liver issues, growth issues, cancer issues, chronic anemia, osteopenia, the list goes on and on, too long. He is having one of those treatments as I write this.

He is an amazing kid with an incredible heart. He still continues to swim and is a state champion! He also continues to get A's in school even though at times this disease is terribly painful. He is a hero and has gone through more pain in 2 years than most people go through in a lifetime. Tammy says he never complains and he appreciates life so much more than the typical 7th grader. During treatments, it is difficult to be away from his father and sisters Emily & Ally but thank goodness Tammy can be there by his side 24/7.


grayson with his sisters ally (left) and emmy (right)



My heart goes out to Tammy and her husband during this time as they don't get much sleep and try to be so strong for him but its hard to see their baby with a needle in his chest for a few days. I cannot imagine.


tammy & her husband bob

Grayson's family had created a care page for him a while back where people can get updates and leave healing messages. Tammy said she reads these to him during his treatments and he loves them and they lift him up. I have my own password to get into these pages but I thought I'd create one for all of you to enter in and give him some love if you are inspired to do so.

Go to carepages.com
membername: blogfamily
password: grayrocks

You will be asked to enter a care page name: it is graysondavis
You will be brought to a homepage, click on the green button "visit the care page".

It is here where you can look at his photos and leave messages on his message board. Tammy is reading these to him as I write this.

You can also of course leave a comment here and she will read those to him as well. Make sure you leave where you're from so that he knows people all over the world think he rocks.

Thank you in advance for your sweet love and support of my dear friend and her family.

34 Comments:

Anonymous Andrea Daoust said...

Oh my God - I feel so much for Gray. My husband suffered from Chrones and was so ill when he was 16 years old - his food went straight through him and he lost a lot of weight. I will most definately send a message through his carepage. Thankfully Jeremy has healed and doesn't experience any symptoms, other than... he really should stay away from dairy. My heart goes out to her!

September 15, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Stacey V. said...

Sending prayers up for little Grayson right now! What a sweet, brave boy.

September 15, 2007 at 12:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger dreamergirl said...

I just left a message and browsed through his photo's. What an amazing boy to smile like that when he's going through all of this. Such an inspiration!

Thanks for sharing this Denise. Love to you!

xo Silvia

September 15, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Jessica said...

dear sweet grayson,
may the universe fill you with good health and high spirits as you bravely heal your body.
we in blogland are thinking of you and sending you warm loving energy.

September 15, 2007 at 1:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

*thank you*

i have to admit that i'm a bit overwhelmed by this support, not to mention the prayers and good wishes being sent to Gray. it really was an unexpected gift, very much like my new friendship with you, lovely denise.

you guys are all so generous and thoughtful. i so, so appreciate the love...

with a heart of gratitude--

tammy (gray's very lucky mom)

September 15, 2007 at 4:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kelly said...

What an incredible story and what an amazing group of people. All my prayers tonight go out to grayson. I hope that he has many many days of sunshine and smiles ahead of him.

September 15, 2007 at 4:46:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Grayson,

You have such a lovely smile and your eyes project so much warmth and love...I think you are a true hero and we all have a lot to learn from such a strong, optimistic boy like you. I will have you in my prayers and I will send warm, positive thoughts your way...all the way from the Dominican Republic...a small island in the Caribbean.

I wish you all the best and whatever you do, keep on smiling...the world needs more smiles like yours.

With love and hope,

Josefina Dieguez

September 15, 2007 at 5:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger daisies said...

thanks for sharing this here ... i have also left a message and looked through his wonderful photos by his very loving momma ~ sending warm thoughts and prayers to all of you ...

happy birthday denise, you are a beautiful woman and i hope your year is filled with all the beauty that you give ... smooches!

September 15, 2007 at 5:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

hi angel,
i've left a message for grayson over on his care page, but wanted to leave a message her specifically for tammy.

tammy,
you are a brave and beautiful mama to a
brave and beautiful boy!
i will most certainly keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
if there is anything else at all i might be able to do from a distance please email me at the address below. perhaps, we could send a cd or book for grayson to listen to or read? if you think he might enjoy that maybe you could email me a few suggestions to kcrilly@gmail.com.
hugs to you,
kirsten
xoxoxo
i

September 15, 2007 at 5:59:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous amy said...

thank you for telling us Grayson's story. what a great kid. i love the fact that you sent the love in someone else's direction on your birthday. you gave a gift to everyone else. i hope have a lovely day and that the year ahead is a magical one.

take care,

amy

September 15, 2007 at 6:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mames said...

grayson, you are a brave awesome boy and it sounds like you are a fighter and a winner...you are receiving my strongest and best healing powers, headed straight to you. hang in there and know you have a whole huge family not far from you, sending our prayers.

September 15, 2007 at 7:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Toni said...

Hi Hun,
Left a message for Grayson and his family on the page.... Such an inspriation to all.... What an amazing young fellow.... AND HUGE hero to all,

Big hugs,
Love Toni

September 15, 2007 at 7:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hugs to you grayson, and a speedy recovery
may you soon be back in the water
and among your classmates.

from a random strager who happens to care...

September 15, 2007 at 9:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Susannah said...

oh what a brave angel he is - and i bet he's a big hit with the girls with that cheeky smile :-) heading over to the pages now... xx

September 16, 2007 at 2:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lina said...

Grayson- I applaud your strength and your bravery. Keep rockin on little man and know that you have touched my heart.
Peace from New York

September 16, 2007 at 8:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Megan said...

Oh, My! My heart is crying. That's too much for such a little soul. Too much for anyone, actually. I have had several friends with Ulcerative Colitis, and Chron's. While I would never suggest that natural therapies can "heal" him from this, I have seen them greatly assist with the procedures he is doing now. Most Dr.'s are okay with this. Fish Oils and Probiotics. Please pass this on to them, if you think it would help.

Otherwise... "Dearest God, We pray collectively, with souls as one. Not as one religion or other, but as humans, beings with one request. Please put your blessings on this family. Continue to give strenghth to this brave soul and guide them all in their quest for healing. AMEN. "

Namaste

September 16, 2007 at 9:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kathleen said...

grayson, your bravery and strength are an inspiration. and i second what susannah said about your smile! the moment i saw your photo with your mom on this post, it made me smile, too, imagining and hoping that my son and i will be that close as he grows up.
much love and prayers to you and your family.

September 16, 2007 at 9:51:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Frida said...

I left my words for Grayson on his site, and here just wanted to say thanks for giving us all that chance. You are something else, in the very best possible sense. :-)

September 16, 2007 at 10:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous mccabe said...

this was really, really, kind of you to do miss boho.

i left a message too~sending all my love to grayson and his beautiful family!!!!

with love
mccabe

September 16, 2007 at 12:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amber said...

My prayers will definitely be with Grayson! I have a 10-year-old son and I can just imagine What a handsome boy!

September 16, 2007 at 6:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Schmoops said...

deni ~

thank you for giving the gift of grayson on your birthday. he truly rocks.

grayson ~

i was told by doctor's i had ulcerative colitis in my early twenties ~ a long, long time ago {wink}. while mine was (is) nowhere near as severe as yours, and through the years i have been able to control it mostly through diet, i know some of the pain you speak of. you are strong, determined, brave and very much a superhero. sending you love and hugs from southern california.
xoxo

stacie

September 16, 2007 at 7:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessings to you and your family Grayson from PDX.

September 16, 2007 at 10:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger one little acorn said...

hi and best wishes - all the way from Australia. You are making quite some impression all around the world! Strength and best wishes to you.

September 17, 2007 at 2:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Indie Mama said...

Hi there Grayson!

My sister has Ulcerative Colitis (rather severe) and had a rough couple of years when she was diagnosed. Her motto is, "the future is still bright, it may be different than you imagined it, but it's still bright".

Lots of love and strength to you and your family (all the way from Switzerland!).

September 17, 2007 at 2:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger alison said...

superhero tammy and seperhero grayson! may all the super love power in this bloogyland give you the super strenght and bounce yourself to good health soon. sending you lotsa super love!

all the way from malaysia :)

September 17, 2007 at 3:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Trish said...

Grayson I'm wishing you strength to get through this! I was a swimmer when I was your age too and I hope you're able to get back in the water as soon as possible.

Trish in Aberdeen, Scotland

September 17, 2007 at 6:25:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lianne said...

Grayson, I can see the warrior in your eyes. So many lessons are being taught to your family through your strength and your courage. Way to go! I am sending you special angels to attend you and to help you feel better soon.

With lots and lots of healing light and love,

Lianne
Orem, UT

September 17, 2007 at 7:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Such an astonishingly heroic young man.
I'm on my way to his site to send him some love from Dublin right now :)

And... happy Boho-bday Denise!
Vx

September 17, 2007 at 9:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger bluegreen dragonfly said...

I am honored to hear about Grayson and his family. What brave, wonderful people. Grayson, I send you healing, love, laughter and long life.

September 18, 2007 at 5:53:00 AM PDT  
Blogger wen said...

thanks for posting this so we can send our good thoughts his way. i'm a reiki master and let him know i'd send him some reiki today.

September 18, 2007 at 10:56:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous michele said...

hi darlin...

i have been in prayer for grayson over the past few days. what a beautiful young man in & out!

i have been praying for tammy as well...hoping that the prayers of a kindred spirit (both of us being mothers of sons that will have to endure during childhood more anguish than any man should have to endure in an entire life time)...hoping those prayers will resignate deep within her and flood her soul & heart with that comfort, strength, & peace that is only explained as Divine...

much Love to them all!!

...& to you girly...Happy Birthday Blessing on your sweet little head!! hope you were able to do something special saturday!!

~michele

September 18, 2007 at 11:49:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grayson~

It sounds like you are one tremendous guy. Doing well in swimming and school must make you feel so proud. I am sure your mom and dad are proud of you too.

It is so inspiring to hear your story and your strength through the painful times.

You have been on our minds and in our hearts. We are sending you lots of loving healing-get better quick thoughts and prayers.

Warmly,
Thea, Trey and Terry from NY

September 18, 2007 at 4:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tan!a said...

Thanks for this request Boho Girl! It's a great idea to send him and his family messages from all over the world.

Wish you are also healing well.

Greetz
Tan!a

September 19, 2007 at 3:10:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Sending the entire family warm healing and prayers for strength and healing. They sound amazing. Grayson sounds amazing. May the magic that is people uplift them all to great heights.

xoxo

September 19, 2007 at 12:32:00 PM PDT  

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