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Friday, January 9, 2009

A sad anniversary....

Well, it's been a year and I still can't wrap my head around the fact that she is gone. Each time I think about it I just get a huge sinking feeling in my stomach and a knot in my throat. It honestly doesn't even seem real and I can't yet bring myself to delete her number out of my phone. I hope all of you are doing well and on the road to healing. I just added a new story to the "Share your Story" section so please let me know if you would like to add yours.

I've been trying to think of what else to say but I can't come up with much so I'll just leave you with the lyrics to April's favorite Dave Matthew's Band song.


Come and see
I swear by now
I'm playing time against my troubles
I'm coming slow but speeding
Do you wish a dance and while I'm in the front
The play on time is won
But the difficulty is coming here
I will go in this way
And find my own way out
I won't tell you to stay
But I'm coming to much more
All at once the ghosts come back
Reeling in you now
What if they came down crushing
Remember when I used to play for
All of the loneliness that nobody
Notices now I'm begging slow
I'm coming here
Only waiting I wanted to stay
I wanted to play,
I wanted to love you I'm only this far
And only tomorrow leads my way
I'm coming waltzing back and
Moving into your head
Please, I wouldn't pass this by
I wouldn't take any more than
What sort of man goes by I will bring water
Why won't you ever be glad
It melts into wonder
I came in praying for you
Why won't you run
In the rain and play
Let the tears splash all over you

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


A few years ago I set up one of those online birthday calenders where my friends could add their birthdays and then I would get notified a week or so ahead of time so I could prepare. This morning I woke up with an email in my inbox that said "First Reminder for April Rogers's Birthday on Tuesday April 1st‏....April Rogers's birthday is on Tuesday April 1st. April will be 32 years old." For just a split second I thought about what I should do for her or if she would be having a party...Then reality hit and I remembered the facts. I'm sure that we've all had these moments right? You see something that you know she would like or you think of something that you have to tell her and just for a *second* you forget that she is gone. Well, I know that none of us get to celebrate with her next week but I'm pretty sure that she will be having a fantastic party for herself!

We miss you girl!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It's been a week.

I really can't believe its been a whole week that April has been gone. I don't think I will ever forget the phone call I got when I learned she had passed. I know that it has been really a rough week for me so I can imagine that it's been even harder for those of you that were even closer to her. April's obituary is online now as well as her guestbook. If you would like to see it and/or sign the guest book please follow the link.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Sad Day...

I have feared this day ever since April first told me that she had cancer...Our sweet girl went home to be with the Lord this morning. She will be so missed by all that loved her. April you will always be in our hearts and our lives will never be the same without you!

April's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday January 19th at Timberlake Christian Fellowship at 3pm. The address is 4505 236th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98053.

If you would like to write a letter to April and have it posted on the website just send it to me and I will post it right away. I will be making a special section for them.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Information about the Benevolent Account

I added the information on how to make donations to April and Chris on the upper right hand corner of the site. I was initially concerned about posting the account number but I have been assured that it is secure. Anyone can make a deposit but the only person who has any other access is the Admin on the account, Jenny DeCluette. You can make a deposit at any branch just be sure to reference that it is the Chris and April Rogers Benevolent Account # 3120996068. Thank you for setting this up Jenny!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Save the Date!

This event is being put on by Michael Donovan (Mikey D), Eric Millage, and Justin who are all friends of Chris and April.

WHEN: January 5th, 2008 at 7 P.M.

WHERE: Waldo’s in Kirkland.
12657 NE 85TH ST
(425) 827-9292

What: $20 COVER

Franky Demus
Missing Players
The Mob Law
P.C. Load Letter

WHY: To raise money for April and Chris!


Donations to April and Chris may be made at any WaMu Branch: Chris and April Rogers Benevolent Account. The account number is 3120996068.

We are working on adding the account information to this site so that you can donate through your Pay Pal account.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A word from April....

I am sitting in April's room right now and she wants me to let everyone know how grateful she is for your support. She is a bit tired and weak but she is in good spirits and feels so loved and supported by everyone that has shown their love for her. She mentioned how easy it would be for her to give up but that the outpouring from her friends and family is what is keeping her strong.

Thanks to everyone who has left comments....keep 'em coming!!!

April's Story

In May 2006, when April was twenty weeks pregnant, she went in for a routine ultrasound to find out the gender of her baby. The ultrasound would turn out to be life-changing in more ways than one. Happily, April found out she would be the mother of a little girl, but sadly her doctor also discovered a tumor. The doctor dismissed it as a ‘fatty deposit,’ even though April had previously had cancer. April asked her doctor for tests because it was so alarming to her, but again she was dismissed.

After the delivery of baby Emma, April began to experience major pain that continued to get worse and worse, so she finally went to the ER, begging to be tested. Unfortunately, they found that the tumor had grown immensely. April was sent to surgery for what was thought to be a benign tumor and possible ovary removal. During the surgery, doctors found the cancer everywhere in April’s pelvic region. A full hysterectomy was performed. April’s doctors tried their best to remove all the cancer, but it had metastasized. She then went on chemo to fight a long list of cancers, because her doctors were unsure what type of cancer April actually had. The tests showed that it was not ovarian cancer, but, rather, another type of cancer that had spread to her ovaries. At that point they thought it was Stage 4 cancer, which is incurable.

In January 2007, April’s doctor told her they received a pathology report from the hospital that had performed her last surgery in the spring of 2004 to remove a non-cancerous tumor. The pathology report showed that the precursor cells that were found in the last, non-cancerous tumor were the same as the cells that were found in the most recent, cancerous tumor. It was a promising hope that April could possibly have ovarian cancer with a strange cellular makeup. That took it from a stage 4 to stage 3. Although the prognosis was still serious, there was hope that April’s cancer might be wiped out.

Once it was discovered that the precursor cells were the same, the plan was to still continue on with chemo for another six months and to have April receive scans about every three months to see if there was any new growth. During the scan in August of this year, April received great news: the doctors believed that there was no new growth, only an inflammation that measured at .5 cm which they believed to be swelling from the last surgery. April’s family was ecstatic for obvious reasons, one of which was that April had made it a whole year with no return of the disease.

Unfortunately, immediately after that last scan, April began experiencing pain again. She trusted her instincts and went in and asked to be checked out even though she had just had a scan. She had an exam the following week, and they found that that small, .5 cm inflammation was, in fact, the cancer. It had really never gone away and was just being held at bay with the chemo. April got another scan in early September, and this one verified the tumor had already grown to 4-5 cm in three weeks.

At the time of this writing, April has started back on chemo, but it’s a different kind of regimen. One part of the chemo drug is called Topotecan, and there is also a bio agent drug called Avistan. The plan is for these drugs to keep the size of the tumor down, or wipe it away all together. There are also tiny spots all throughout her pelvic region now, along with the tumor.

The plan is to keep April on a chemotherapy regimen for as long as is tolerable. If the chemo treatment is not successful or sustainable, there will then be other options. April’s doctors’ prognosis is for a one-year survival rate, with a one- to two-percent chance of the cancer going into complete remission. Even with that news we are obviously holding out for a miracle and hoping that April will be healed.

Isaiah 40:31
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint"