Friday, May 27, 2016

Visiting Miss Forte's 4th grade at Dual Immersion Academy

This week Cam was total trooper as he agreed to come and visit my hyper-active fourth grade class out in Glendale at DIA (Dual Immersion Academy elementary school). Through this whole experience I have kept my 58 students in the know of my brother's situation and his day to day updates (mostly because I didn't want them to think their teacher was going through a rebellious streak when I showed up to class with half my head shaved! haha.) My cute students have been so supportive and are always writing Cam get-well-soon notes and little drawings of inspiration. After seeing the KSL story of Cam they all began to write #fightingforforte and #31 on their hands and wrists in support at recess. Needless to say, a visit from Cam was a dream for my students! Since I knew he had his 4th week of chemotherapy this Wednesday, I asked Cam if he would come by and visit my little kiddos before his blood counts got too low to be able to enter a high-germ facility like an elementary school.
We planned it out perfectly, so that I'd be reading to both my classes when their "surprise visitor" would walk through the door. As the door opened my mom walked in first, which caused a silence in the room then my sister (who they all thought was my twin), which caused a greater silence followed by a whisper of questioning, ultimately followed by the man of hour, Cam, which caused all my students to stop and pause for a minute. Upon realizing who had just walked into my classroom they began to point and cheer which eventually turned into a great applause as a grand welcome to my infamously talked about little brother, into our classroom! It was truly a beautiful thing to witness. I even had one student that shed a few tears because, "she was so happy to finally meet Cameron!"
After calming down my overly excited students, we had a mini question and answer session as my students asked Cam questions about "how he felt when he broke his leg" and "if he feels weird in public without hair". (Kids say the darnest things! haha.) I definitely had a "Proud Sister Moment" though, as my baby brother confidently answered my student's questions about his whole experience.
All in all, Monday was a great day over in Glendale and I was so proud to be able to call this stud, Cameron Forte, my very own blood! :) Everyday Cam continues to be a good example and inspiration to those known and unknown! (Including YOU who is reading this at this very moment!) I have no doubt that this past Monday afternoon will not be the last time Cam will speak to youth who look up to him and admire his strength and courage! I love you Cam! Thanks for being you!

Miss Forte's 4th grade class at Dual Immersion Academy with Cam

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday Update..

Hey hey my lovelies!
We just wanted to update you all on this beautiful Saturday about the status of Cam. He goes in for his fourth treatment of chemo in two days and he's obviously dreading those long hospital overnighters... BUT he's Mr. Optimism about EVERYTHING! So we wanted to share some REAL details about his current situation that can be hidden behind his huge positive smile and jolly laugh!
Chemotherapy sucks. There's no other way to put it. In and out of chemo his energy levels are definitely gets down which causes him to sleep ALOT. He often has aching muscles and bones. He also goes trough cycles of getting mouth sores from the chemo which are extremely painful and constantly irritate him throughout the day while he eats and talks. His appetite comes and goes as well. During chemo and right after all food tastes like metal, but the nurses scared him in the beginning when they told him that if he doesn't force himself to eat when it tastes bad then he will have to have a feeding tube... So... lets just say, he eats. :)
A big blessing that he has had so far is the nausea medication! Sometimes with other cancer fighters, the medication doesn't work and many patients vomit on the daily while going through chemo. Cam has been very very fortunate that he hasn't thrown up yet! However, he is still nauseous on the regular depending on the day and his levels.
His cough that he has had since the beginning has had its ups and downs too. Some days its worse than others, but the nurse told Cam that he will probably have the cough the entire 9 months since his body doesn't have anything to fight it.
Its also crazy because he has a few patches on the back of his head that are growing back... black! Who knows, in 7 months my blonde bro might end up becoming a brunette! haha.
Anyways, he's doing his best to hang out with his friends and try to live a "normal" 18 year old life! He plays Call of Duty and finds new Netflix series weekly to watch. This week's addiction is "The 100"! :)
Please keep Cam in your prayers this week during his fourth treatment of chemo! We're praying that this chemo is shrinking the tumor in his leg and killing the cancer in his system but also that he can keep his spirits up during this fight! :)
Thanks for all your love and support friends and family!
We love you all so much!
-Jordan & Shauntel, Cam's Older Sisters

Thursday, May 12, 2016

KSL Sports Beat

So Jeremiah Jensen with KSL Sports Beat did a follow up on all the support and love that my bro Cam has received in this fight of Cancer. Check it out by clicking the link below! :)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sibling Support..

I think Shaunie said it best... Blood is thicker than water 👊🏼❤️
‪#‎fightingforforte‬ #weloveyoucam #31

Corner Canyon Football Team Hair-Shaving Party..

This Monday was quite the party over here in the Forte home as Cam started losing his hair in chunks mid-day as he was up the canyon with some close friends. Almost immediately they all planned to come back to the home and shave their heads together! Wow, what incredible friends my bro has! I was almost in tears the entire night as each boy showed support and love for my stud of a brother, and without hesitation bravely sitting in the chair to get their heads shaved! What an inspiring and heart-warming evening! :)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Second Round of Chemo Updates from Momma..

Hey My lovelies!!!!! 😘😘😘
Went to my first sacrament meeting up here

Love & support from our cute cousins all the way in Texas!!

at primary's!!! It was very inspiring &
I'm sitting here in a hospital room with Cameron, watching "Divergent"!!!!!!😜
We've been here for five days & get to go home today!!!!!!  ðŸ½YAYAYAYAYAY!!!
Cameron just finished his fifth day of his second treatment of chemo!!!💪🏽
I'm SOOO incredibly proud of him..... He's handling everything SOOO Amazingly Brave.....💪🏽
He has his down moments, but then four buddies will come up & they will be playing cards & singing to iTunes!!!! Thank you God for dear friends that are truly "HIS ANGELS!!!" Just taking it one day at a time ... Ya know!?!!
It's very real now.... I'm praying for strength... To be strong for him... Cuz he hates to see me emotional!!!!! The nausea medicines are really helping Cameron get through these long days here at the hospital!!!!!!
We feel everyone's prayers & family like you...... make this world a sweeter place!!!

Tight hugs !!!!!
Miss you all!!!