Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Susan G. Koman 3-day

a picture of Mauri, Mom and Jenna at the 3 Day walk November of 2008.
This year, Jenna and Mauri are volunteering as crew members for the Susan G. Koman 3 day. We are excited to help out from a volunteer perspective instead of walking. As a crew member we don't have the fundraising requirement that the walkers do, however we still want to be able to raise all the money that we can for this great organization. An organization that helps with research and support for those women (and men) that are fighting the same battle we fought with our mom. We are volunteering in memory of her. We are volunteering in hopes that our effort and the money we raise will bring awareness as well as hope for those who have breast cancer now or for those who will be diagnosed with it in the future.

Thank you all for your continued love and support with this.

You can donate by clicking


Thank you again.

Mauri and Jenna

Thursday, April 29, 2010

a picture.

taken a year ago today. wesley's birthday.
we miss you mom.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Hi everyone.
the 3-day Susan G. Koman walk is quickly approaching (one week from right now Jenna and I will be walking!) and I know some of you might be interested in this information. those of you who are in arizona. There are designated cheering stations, a long with the approximate time walkers will be coming through. I also included the information on the closing ceremonies...which really are quite the experience.

Cheering Stations
Please discourage your family and friends from driving along the route, as it can create a safety hazard. The following Cheering Stations are safe, recommended places for your supporters to cheer you on along the route.

Friday, November 13:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Target Complex
2150 N. Arizona Ave.Chandler, AZ 85225

11:45 am - 4:00 pm
Pueblo Grande Complex
1825 E. Guadalupe Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85283

Saturday, November 14:

8:30 am - 11:00 am
JoAnn, Etc. 5021 E Ray Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85044

11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Kyrene de las Lomas
11820 S. Warner Loop
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Sunday, November 15:

8:15 am - 10:45 am
Mill Ave.between 7th Street and 3rd street
Tempe, AZ 85282

9:15 am - 1:00 pm
Papago Plaza 1557 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Closing Ceremony
Sunday, November 15
4:30 pm
Scottsdale Stadium
7408 E Osborn Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

i want you all to know how thankful i am for the love and support you showed to my mom through out your time knowing her. i hope we can continue to show that same support for others who are battling breast cancer just as we did. there is still the possibility to make a donation if you are interested.

just click on that link to do so.
thank you again for everything. really.
hugs to you all.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

lets walk in her honor.

I was just made aware of a American Cancer Society walk "to make strides against breast cancer". it is on Saturday in Salt Lake City, with registration starting at 8 and the walk begins at 9.

.... so on Saturday...lets go on a walk in her honor. mom's spirit will always be with us as well as the need to work towards a cure for breast cancer. i have started "Darla's team" for the American Cancer Society's making strides against breast cancer. we would like to invite all who are interested to walk with us Saturday morning, in honor of mom, who fought a strong fight against breast cancer.

you can click here if you want to register to join Darla's team. and find out information about the event.
if you want to show your support but are unable to walk you can also donate to Darla's team here.

i would like to thank you all for all of the love and support and prayers that have been on behalf of mom, and our whole family. you will never know what that all has meant for us.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mom is at Peace

Mom passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:45 pm. Although she will be missed it is such a blessing for her to not be in any more pain. Her last few days were a struggle for us all but the feeling of peace we all felt when her spirit was able to be free of her body and return to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father is one we will all hold close to our hearts.

We are SO thankful to all of you who provided us with so much support these past few weeks. And we are so thankful for the friendship and love you have show mom throughout her life.

The funeral and viewing have been planed and we would like to pass the information on to those of you who will be able to make it.

There will be a viewing held at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home on Thursday, October 8th from 6 to 8 pm. The address for the funeral home is 646 E 800 N, Orem, Ut.

There will also be a viewing prior to the funeral service from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Edgemont Stake Center, 3700 N 300 W, Provo. The funeral will then begin at 10:oo am.

We also ask that in lieu of flowers to please donate to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Thank you again...for all of your love, support and prayer. It has been felt by us all.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


My mom has the strength of a rock, and this week she continued to show that strength as we were able to visit Mt. Rushmore with her. Daniel had asked what was something she would want to do while she still had the strength and she said she had always wanted to go to Mt Rushmore, so the airlines tickets were bought and we were on our way. We were able to see Mt Rushmore as well as Crazy Horse.

Those whose faces are on that mountain became who they were and accomplished all they did in part because of the trials in their lives, those who worked on the mountain accomplished this great monument with trials of their own... and my mom is the woman she is and has helped shape us all into who we are because of the trials she has been chosen to go through.
Just as in this picture above we must always be connected to Christ and the Gospel with ropes and harnesses and continue to face our life...slowing working through the trials until we can look on our lives and see the masterpiece that has been created.
Many men and women have made sacrifices to make this country to what it is today just as Mom has made so many sacrifices to make our family what it is today.
We will always be thankful for her and what she has taught us, for her strength for her love and for the rock of her testimony.

We were able to take the trip just in time for the weather in South Dakota to turn as well as the way mom was feeling.

She is consistently but somewhat reluctantly taking her pain medicine. She is awake a lot less and we hold on to the moments she is awake with all we have. Although she, herself, is not up for visitors or calls we are conveying all of your love, thoughts and well wishes to Mom and they all mean so much to her.

As her daughter I just want you all to know how much we, as her children, also appreciate all of your love and support for our mom. Thank you for the emails, cards, flowers, comments on the blog and facebook, calls, comfort food and visits. It al means SO much. thank you.

Monday, September 28, 2009

rise and shout the cougars are out!

Yea Mom!
we are SO proud of our mom, who has run up and down the field multiple times to earn her degree. that's right...she did it! and we couldn't be more proud. not only did she earn her degree, but she was also the valedictorian of her class! today we were able to attend a graduation ceremony held in mom's honor. there were tears shed but lots more smiles.
(by the way, doesn't she look GREAT!)
Vice President of Academics, John Tanner was there presiding over the ceremony. We were able to here wonderful messages from not only him, but also Gary Cornia Dean of The Marriott School of Business and a wonderful woman representing the Continuing Education Program (her name has slipped my's been a long day). it was an amazing ceremony, for an amazing woman.
there were so many there to support and cheer for her on this big day. thank you all for your love and support.

now off to mt. rushmore!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

To floss, or not to floss: that is the question.

Hello family and friends. This is Dan (Darla's son) hopping on my mom's blog at her request to provide an update on how she is doing.

The title of this post is "To floss, or not to floss: that is the question." The point of this title is not to improve the dental hygiene of the reader, but rather, my hope is to help us all to consider what is really important in our lives and to do more to pay attention to those things.

The other day, Mom said to me something along the lines of, "You know, I guess I don't have to floss any more." Fortunately though, we both agreed that brushing would still be a good idea since many friends and family members would be coming to visit in the upcoming days. In that sentence, Mom was doing more than throwing caution to the wind in regards to her war against cavities, she was making a profound observation: It is important to evaluate our lives on occasion and make sure that the less important things in life are being set aside to allow room for that which matters most.

Now, I'm not suggesting that we all stop flossing (in fact, I'll be the first to admit, I could definitely do a better job cultivating that habit). Rather, I propose that we think about what we would do differently if we knew that we only had one month to live. How would we treat those we love if we knew that this might be the last time they see us? Would we be more kind to those we meet? Would we be less afraid to say things we've always wanted to say? Would we be more willing to share the gospel with those who are close to us? Would we take time to enjoy a sunset, a sunrise, or a sweet smelling flower? Would we chew a little slower to savor our food? Would we spend more time on our knees expressing gratitude for the simple things in life that make living so wonderful? Would we be more willing to use that dollar in our pocket to bless the life of someone in need? Would we sing our favorite songs uncomfortably loud even if we couldn't carry a tune with a wheelbarrow? Would we be less quick to anger and faster to forgive? Would we hold grudges, or would we mend wounds caused by an unnecessary cross word or an unkind deed?

At some point, we will all have one month left to live, however, most of us won't be told when that month will be. For Mom, she was informed last week that she likely has at most one month to live. A blood test revealed that her liver function has decreased dramatically and she is now showing signs of advanced liver failure. The doctor told us that Mom will likely have one to two weeks where she will be able to enjoy a somewhat normal quality of life before things begin to get worse. Needless to say, it has been a difficult few days for all of us.

Many of you may not be able to see Mom or spend much time with her during these next few weeks. Because of that, I want to let you know how wonderfully well Mom is handling this difficult situation. As you all know, Mom is an incredibly positive woman. That quality has only been amplified during the past few months. Not once have I heard "Why me?" Not once has she complained about her situation. If you really make her tell the truth, she might let you in on the fact that her stomach hurts, but she will quickly change the subject to something more fun. She is not concerned about her situation, but worries more about her family and friends she is leaving behind. She has been an example of strength and optimism.

I love you Mom and will miss you more than you'll ever know. You have taught me so much throughout my life and those lessons will be passed on to my children and all those I have the opportunity to teach. At this time, however, I am especially grateful for what you have taught me during the past couple of weeks about making room for that which is most important. Although more than 29 years have passed since I was born, no one month has made more of an impact on my life than this past month. Your example of courage, optimism, and happiness have been etched in my mind forever and I am a better man for having spent this time with you.

It is my hope that we all can treat each month as if it were our last and with the same positive attitude with which Mom has treated this month. As we do so, let us all try to recognize when it's time to throw out life's unnecessary "dental floss" and, instead, spend more time enjoying more of life's important "sweet treats."

I love you Mom!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Start Reminiscing

I have hundreds of the best friends a girl could ask for. You know I could name each one of you personally and go on and on about how grateful I am to have you in my life. Picture me standing in front of you right now looking into your eyes, talking and laughing with you about fond memories we had together. Let's reminisce, you remember all the great times we had together, you remember parties, camp outs, working the concession stands, teaching together, tutoring me, running marathons, hiking, diets, vacations, putting our houses up for sale, kayaking, sharing missionary experiences, DUP, being your teacher (when you were actually teaching me), Eagle projects, sharing baby sitting, watching palm trees grow, Office Peep, bike rides, throwing up while deep sea fishing, crying over family problems, shopping, feeding the thousands, the Four D's, burnt bridesmaid dresses, cutting class and going to the beach, business partners, dancing, watching our sons play high school basketball, girls night out, surprise birthday parties, road trips, being my cancer supporter, swimming with the sharks, late night chats on facebook, sharing in the excitement of marriages and babies, embarrassing moments, long lunches at the Cougar Eat, stays at my house, and long long talks.

Recently I got together with four wives of our law school group. Our husbands all went to law school together, so these friends go back 30 years. There were six couples but one wife wasn't able to make it to our luncheon. What wonderful and dear friends they are. I will cherish their friendship always. Thank you for a fun afternoon girls.

As far as the latest treatment goes, the doctor gave me more options. He also informed me about how toxic they are. I've decided and my kids agree they would like to see me full of energy for awhile. My concern is if I start a new chemotherapy treatment I will lose my energy and appetite again, which isn't conducive to my life style. I have several alternative treatments I have researched and for now I will attempt those. I will continue to go in to the doctor each month and get testing done, especially to see how my liver is doing and to see where the cancer count is. Thank you again for all your love and support.

Monday, September 7, 2009

You've Got a Friend In Me

Tonight one of my dearest friends sent me this picture of her son Billy. He wanted me to know, 'you've got a friend in me.' Thank you for joining Darla's team my sweet Billy.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

You Can't Have Too Many Friends

I did meet with the doctor on Friday but I didn't have any chemotherapy. After getting more blood testing done he said the latest chemotherapy isn't working and he would like to try something else next week. As you can see from the most recent cancer count it has gone up (up, up, up). We asked the doctor about a liver transplant and he said that wouldn't be possible because of the 2 - 3 month recovery time after surgery, no chemotherapy would be able to be given during that time and it might cause the cancer which is in other parts of my body to continue to spread.

Since several of you have commented on Daniel coming to town I realize I didn't clarify that very well, they won't be living with me, they will be finding their own place. How grateful I am to have them around for the next few months. He starts his job with the Air Force in January and not knowing yet where he'll be stationed it will be nice to have them close for awhile, since he may be stationed far away.

Speaking of several of you commenting, I need to tell you how much I appreciate all of you. All of your emails and comments have meant a lot to me. I'm sorry I don't reply very well but I appreciate your kind words. I have always thought a person can never have too many friends. Each of you have brought so much joy into my life. My life would not have been the same without having you in it. You have each treated me like I was your favorite, thank you for showing so much love and kindness to me. I remember having a luncheon once and my husband asked me who was coming, I said, "All my friends." He said, "Darla, there isn't a room big enough to hold all your friends." How blessed I have been to have such wonderful friendships. Thank you!