Monday, June 25, 2012

Until We Meet Again

1931 ~ 2012
Myrl Sargent Vernon, 80, died Monday, June 11, 2012 at her home.
She was born in Hoytsville, Utah on November 24, 1931 to David James and Lucille Carpenter Sargent. She attended North Summit schools and was active in sports, cheerleading, and all activities and graduated as an honor student in 1949.
She married Louis O. Vernon on June 1, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have five children-four sons, L. Craig (Margaret), D. Blake (Ruthie), Donald F. (Jacki), Clayton M. (Colleen), and one daughter, Kala Ann Vernon, 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.  

She was an active member of the LDS church and worked in the Primary, Young Women, Relief Society and was a visiting teacher for many years. Myrl worked for the North Summit School District as a teacher aide for five years and as Summit County Deputy Assessor for 13 years.
Surviving are her husband, Louis and children, two brothers-Norman (Nola) Sargent of Ogden, Ray (Lois) Sargent of Bountiful, one sister-Donna Keyes of Coalville, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Glen Sargent.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Huntsman Cancer Institute or Primary Children's Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Wanship Ward Chapel, 31000 Old Lincoln Hwy, Wanship, UT. Friends and family may call at the church Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment, Wanship Cemetery.

My grandma was an amazing woman.  I miss her dearly.  She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer about 8 weeks prior to my diagnosis.  We kinda did it together, this cancer thing, only on different paths--me fighting through surgery and chemo and her fighting through the remainder of her life.  She was such a support to me.  She would hug me and say, "I should've been able to do this for both of us, Bree."  I'd tell her it was okay and that we'd do it together. And we did.  Every step of the way.  My Dad, when he spoke at the funeral, said that he felt my Grandma was holding out for two things before she would allow the angels to take her to the pain free paradise on the other side: she was waiting to celebrate her 63rd wedding anniversary with her sweetheart on June 1st and she was waiting for me to have my last chemo treatment on June 6th.  Waiting to be here with me through ALL of my fight. To hear that I had been deemed cancer free.  She WAS with me every step of the way and often I still feel her close.   I'll never forget the sparkle in her eyes, the "bugs" she'd use to calm a fussy child, the marshmallows in a saucer cup, reading Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss, sugar sandwiches, and how she loved.  I love you Grandma, always and forever.

Almost 3 Weeks Ago

Well, almost 3 weeks ago I was sitting in my chemo chair taking it all in for the last time.  Boy it felt good.  I celebrated.  It was my No Mo' Chemo day.  I even took ice cream and rice crispy treats to share with all my fellow fighters.  One of us was missing though....her absence was evident....I wondered where she was, we'd talked about celebrating together today just 2 weeks prior.....I later found out she'd lost her fight.  I missed you Tish.  You would have loved my No Mo' Chemo party, but I'm glad you fought your fight so hard and with such amazing optimism and courage that simply by sitting next to you every 2 weeks you made my life better.  You touched me.  Thank you for that.

Now, here I am almost 3 weeks later.  I have stubble (he, he, he), I'm growing armpit hairs, and I had to shave my legs again.  I'm a SURVIVOR.  It feels amazing and scary all at the same time.  I've been forever changed by cancer.  I'm working on a list.....the Top 10 Things I Learned from Cancer.  It's been hard to put into words what I've learned and what cancer has taught me, how it has changed me, but I'm working on it and I'll post it soon.

Monday, June 4, 2012

BreeAnn Allred/Cache Valley For Hope Golf Tournament

I cannot say how humbled I have been by the love and support of those around me.  Longhurst Mortgage group here in Logan threw this golf tournament in my behalf.  It was an amazing event which raised money that nearly eliminated the financial impact of cancer in our lives.  I cannot thank them enough.  It is nice to not have to worry about the medical bills, the lost income from time needed off work, and how we are going to pay the next bill.  It was a huge success thanks to this wonderful community!  I had a blast and I think everyone else did also.  Thanks to all involved for your donations, your time, and your love!  You've made a lasting impact on my life. 

On a second note, I have to add a shout out for the organization Cache Valley for Hope.  This organization has made it possible for us to not be taxed on the earnings from this wonderful tournament and they are an amazing organization.  This organization helps families in Cache Valley dealing with cancer cover medical and non-medical (utilities, mortgage payments, etc) expenses.  If you are looking for a good cause to donate to they certainly fit the bill.  Check them out at