This site is dedicated to Erin Hope our Angel. It is a place where we can all come together and show her our love and support. It is a place where we can share our feelings, stories and read updates on Erin's condition. Please make comments and direct others to this site for information on Erin. Thank You very much for you friendship, love, support and prayers.

All our Love - The Galbraith Family

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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Our trip home was really quite a lot of fun. Mike Radomsky our pilot made the trip on his 4 seater plane very comfortable. I have to admit that I was nervous this was by far the smallest plane I had ever been on. It felt like a glider floating through the sky. The view was great because we were not up that high.

Mike flew us from San Diego to Las Vegas. The weather had turned bad and so he couldn't take us all the way to Salt Lake. He gave us a ride to Las Vegas International and we got on a Southwest flight home to Salt Lake. The plane was bigger, but I have to admit that the service on Mike's plane was s much better.

Friday May 4, 2007 - Day 3 of our trip

Well today would have been our second trip to the doctor but because Dr. Calzada worked so fast and got us finished yesterday we had some time. As I lay in bed this morning, I wondered what I could do to entertain Erin all day long. Usually she has Kate and Ted and they do a great job. But today it was all me, as it had been since Wednesday. After thinking about it I decided to take Erin to the San Diego Zoo. I told Erin and boy was she ever excited.

We stopped at subway Sandwiches and got some lunch and headed for the zoo. It was truly fun day. If you look in the image galleries you will see pictures of us at the zoo. Don't get us confused with the lion, bear, or other animals. Erin said her favorite part was the bus ride and the panda bears.

Thursday May 3, 2007 - Time to go to the Doctor in Mexico

Well there Erin and I were in San Diego all by ourself. We had just checked into our hotel...the lady at the front desk said we would not be able to ride the shuttle to Dr. Calzada's office like we usually do because they were in the process of getting a permit from the Mexican government. Until they got it they could give us a ride to the border. We would have to walk across the border and then take a taxi to the Doctor's office. Well I have to admit that I was a little nervous about taking a taxi in Tuijana. Just Erin and I. I wondered what I should do.

We decided to go and see what would happen. Well there were angels again there to help us. We got on the shuttle and I asked who else was going to Dr. Calzada's. I found 4 other adults that were going. I asksed if I could walk across the border with them and also catch a taxi with them. It worked out great. We rode over and back together and it went slick. There was one man who sticks out in my mind. His name is James. He had a scooter and let Erin ride on his lap both times we crossed the border. We got a kick out of that. James waited over 2 hours for us to get finished with the doctor so he could travel with us and Erin could ride on his scooter. Thank You James!! Yes, Angels were there again to take care of us.

Wednesday May 2, Time for Take OFF :)

Today we started the first leg of our journey. We met our first pilot Joe Davies, his wife Doris and her business partner Lili at 2:30 pm at Salt Lake Airport 2.

At first I was nervous about the size of the plane. It was smaller than the commercial planes we were accustomed to flying on...but let me tell you the service tops all.

We flew out on a Cessna 425 plane with a turbo twin prop engine. It was an eight seater. The cabin was pressurized. The first part of the flight was choppy because of the warm air pockets created by the mountains. Once we got above the warm air into colder air it was smooth sailing into San Diego. WHEW! Erin said it reminded her of Space Mountain. I really laughed.

Angel Flight

There is an organization called Angel Flight. There mission is to arrange free air transportation on private aircraft in response to health care and other compelling human needs.

Angel Flight West links volunteer private pilots with needy people whose non-emergency health care problems require travel to and from medical facilities throughout the thirteen western states. Angel flight West pilots donate the cost of all flights. There is never a charge for an Angel flight mission.

My Mom called me recently and told me about Angel Flight. I debated for a few weeks whether I should contact them or not. I finally did and am I ever glad I did. We were approved after Erin's Doctor submitted paperwork about Erin and her condition.

We Start Another Year

There are times you stand back and look at your life. These last few months have been like that for me. On October 22, 2005 Erin was in the hospital heading for surgery to remove a large tumor. Now she is running all over the place as wild and crazy as any 5 year old can be.

We were in the hospital during halloween. I was with Erin and it was a very difficult time. As I took her around the hospital in her wheelchair, I was glad to be moving around but longing to be somewhere else. This past halloween was so different. I was able to go to the school parade and see all 3 of my children participate in the parade. When Erin walked into the gym where the parade was I was overcome with emotion. I started to cry. Tears were rolling down my cheeks. The lady standing next to me looked at me. I smiled, thinking of all the reasons I had to cry. What a journey we had been through and to see our little angel who according to the doctors would not live, was very much alive and as healthy as ever. What a miracle she has been.

More Good News!

On Friday we took Erin to Primary Childrens Medical Center for a follow up MRI. I wondered if I really wanted to know what the MRI would show. It has been almost a year since we learned about Erin's health challenge and the surgery that removed the tumor. We have worked so hard over the last year and it has been an emotional time for our whole family. I felt all would be okay with whatever we learned so we went ahead with the MRI.

It is amazing. According to the MRI, there has been no regrowth of the tumor. The doctors at PCMC are not sure what to think. To me the answer is simple. We have witnessed a miracle! God is alive. He is aware of Erin and our family and has healed this little angel.

Still Doing Great!

Today we are leaving for another visit to Erin's doctor in Mexico. Things have been going great. So far her health has been improving in large amounts.

Over the last few months we have just been having fun. We had some free passes and were able to take the family to Lagoon and Cherry Hill. We went boating with my Sister. We were able to go to the Ogden outdoor amphatheatre to a concert and a movie. We have been making sure Erin has been laughing a lot.

I have come to learn how important sunshine, joy and laughter is for healing physically and healing the soul. It was good for all of us. I am amazed how much joy we can experience each day if we will just let it happen.

Thank You Emily!!

Every so often an angel comes into your life. We have had the experience of having just this kind of experience. Emily Christiansen has been our angel.

Emily wanted to participate in the Little Miss Lindon pageant. In order to participate each contestant needed to do a service project. Emily picked Erin. Emily sold prints of a picture painted by Lynn Farrar, a local artist.

She worked hard contacting friends, neighbors and businesses for over two weeks. Emily was truly an angel and she raised over $2600. we were able to order a brace for Erin's right leg. She had been in need of this brace for over 6 months. Also, we were able to take Erin to the doctor for another round of treatments.