Wednesday, August 18, 2010


2nd week for Maui is booked! If you are thinking about joining us… this is where we are staying 11/7 - 11/14. Puamana, Lahaina. On the water…kid-friendly beach... and still close to town. Should be a blast.

… and 11/1 - 11/7 we are staying at the Hyatt. "Crawford" reservation. CLICK HERE!

… took Rogan on a date last week. It was pretty special to have her all to ourselves. Steven came too. Steven is one of Rogan's children. Steven is a female Koala bear who occasionally bites people. Rogan told us at dinner that Steven listened to her Mom yesterday and didn't bite… so she got a "listening star" for her "star chart". Oh.


Rogan likes Banksy:


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


... about to make our goal for the Make-A-Wish fundraiser! Stoked. Thank you ALL for the contributions.

Clinic tomorrow for her check up & IV chemo... getting close to the finish line.




Monday, August 2, 2010


Today is the exact, 2 year anniversary of Rogan's diagnosis. We are thrilled to celebrate her health today... praise thanks to the many doctors & nurses along the way... and scream THANK YOU to all of our friends & family who have helped us get through this.

Last week we received an unbelievable donation towards Rogan's medical fund from UGG Australia. THANK YOU, love & respect to our family there; DARCEY BRINKERHOFF, CONNIE RISHWAIN & LEAH LARSON and everyone involved... we all cried and breathed sighs of relief when we got word.

Today we celebrate... takin' the day off & headed to the lake... then bar b & make a cake for our little chemo princess warrior. Thursday we head to clinic for her check up and IV chemo.

Rogan is lovin' Summer & not having to deal w/ a Broviac line.

Nature hike. Provo River Falls, Uinta Mountains.

nature hike

Basin rec splash park:


We made it down to Hatch, UT & spent a relaxing few days with Grandma Bonnie. Her Grandpa Roger was missed... but his spirit was strongly felt and we all had a blast.



Thanks to Nana Noo Noo, Aunt Chris & Paul Clark for also hosting us at Bear Lake. The water was warm and the girls loved it. Rogan is learning to swim and is obsessed with the water.




Warming up in the hot sand:


Coco ate sand... it made her happy, so she sang about it:

coco sand

Mom & Dad carved out some together time & re-charged the batteries:


Thanks again for reading and supporting Go Rogan.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MAKE-A-WISH Utah. Thank you.

Endless thanks to the Utah Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for sending our family to Maui to honor Rogan's wish. With all that we have going on.. and with the continued costs of Rogan's cancer treatment... this trip was definitely NOT in the budget. We are forever grateful... and it will exactly what our family needs.

The Foundation will handle the big expense of getting there + 1 week of accommodations... and a few awesome activity's that Rogan will flip out on... submarine ride, glass bottom boat tour, etc. She's already obsessed w/ water and has little to no fear. Need to book swim lessons pronto!

Please read further about what this incredible organization is doing for families across the state.

I've set up a page for their latest fundraiser to make donations in Rogan's name. Please donate if you are so compelled. Thank you.



Donate ducky's in Rogan's name!

Monday, July 12, 2010


Please come to Maui if you can... to celebrate GO ROGAN. We are staying at the Lahaina Hyatt from Nov 1 - 14. Below is our flight info... if you'd like to travel with us.

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Here are the girls, training for Maui. The water looks inviting... but it's not. It's take-your-breath-away ice-melt. We can't wait.

Note Rogan's over-sized, inflatable Seal... named "Cupcake-cha".



Big day last Thursday w/ Rogan's 2nd to last LP (lumbar puncture)! Logistically; it was seamless... emotionally; it just doesn't get easier... ever. We had requested Sean... the vein ninja, to set the IV... & he got it 1st go. Stoked. I still cried though & was to rattled to be able to thank him profusely w/ words. Sean, if you are reading this; THANK YOU. You are a hero... and we can only hope to get you for the remaining IV's.

Rogan's blood counts are right where the docs want them right now. Her ANC (bacteria & virus fighting cells) are low... but luckily it's Summer time and there aren't too many bugs circulating.

Peripheral IV chemo:


Waiting room for her LP... setting an IV in her doll:


Post opp recovery time... sleeping off the anesthesia.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010


So, we got the speciation & sure eneough.... a bug that loves plastic. So Rogan finished the antibiotics and we had the central line surgically removed.

"Pre-Opp Chemo Warrior Princess":


Before & after:


Post opp was brutal... long day, just not feeling the best.
PRO: she can bath & swim!
CON: periferhal IV's... for the IV chemo, every 30 days. I was present for # 2, of 5... and I'll count that as one of the hardest days yet. IV team tried twice in one hand... then Case & I "re-staffed" & they found a healthy vein in the other hand... 1st go. Shaun. The man. He had a shirt on that said "No Vein... No Problem." I wanted to man-hug him & buy him a beer... but I just cried & shook his hand instead. Hero.

IV chemo... then straight to the park, bruised hands & all:


Life is good... THX for the support. Go Rogan.

Clifford The Big Red Dog:


Shaka at Hogle Zoo. (save your money & go to Africa... that place is horrifying.)


Main Street Trolley:


With a Main Street friend @ The Chocolate Factory:

ice cream

Rogan's very 1st day of school... well, un-officially... it's 1/2 day camp for 4 days at the co-op school. (Is it really this hard to see your kids grow up?)


Here's what happens to Coco if she doesn't get a hot n' fresh, organic, whole wheat, buttermilk pancake w/ butter, syrup & strawberry jam within 9 minutes of waking up in the morning:


Parental FYI: When friends & family nickname your kid things like; "Captain Destructo" and "Whitesnake"... you are in trouble.

She's pulling it together though... w/ her new found motor skills & use of words... & makes up for every ounce of gnarliness w/ her cute laugh & occasional affectionate snuggle.

Friday, April 30, 2010

bacteria_log #4

Big couple of weeks. Since we've been outpatient Rogan has been on a tight schedule of IV antibiotics through her central line. At 6 AM, 2 PM & 10 PM she receives the 1 med over a 7 minute push. At the 2 PM she gets the 7 minute push and a second med over 30 minutes. No side effects... just challenging for all involved.

Clockwise from top left: 1st day back w/ Cokes on the couch, nap time IV antibiotics, same, wanting to feed baby Renton, nap time w/ Coco in the car, sleeping beauty.


Apres clinic visit pizza stop. Brian Craighill photo.


So last Wednesday we got the speciation and Thursday we met w/ her docs to discuss. As we thought, the bug is notoriously "sticky" and was probably hiding out on her line. On Tuesday she went in for surgery to have it removed. It was a long day, to say the least, but she dominated... as usual. She's feeling 100% and we are looking forward to Summer & swimming.

Checking her email w/ a cup of coffee in the waiting room. Post op. Before & after.


Thanks for reading and for all of your support.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

bacteria_log #3

At 4 AM today they told Case that Saturday's blood culture showed as negative... also got closer to figuring out what what the bug is: "gram negative baccilli non-lactose fermenting". Yum. If this next culture reads negative she will hopefully be released tomorrow. She is still feeling great... literally bouncing off the walls in there.

... still don't know the exact speciation of the bacteria, but the antibiotics are working. They will continue the antibiotics for at least 14 more days to make sure it is 100% killed... & after that, will continue to take blood draws & culture them to see if the bacteria pops up again. So, the bug has either been wiped out, or there is a chance that it could be "clingy"... "hiding out" by adhering to her line... and not sloughing off when they draw the blood for the cultures. At that point we strongly consider removing the line and dealing with the peripherals pokes until October. Very much hoping for the former...

Here are some shots from my visit yesterday... able to go for a long wagon ride w/ Mom & even snuck out side... took her pants off and ran in the grass.

I am back to work today... Casey came home to see Coco and her Mom is with Rogan at the hospital. Rogan affectionately calls her "Nana Noo Noo"... and she is a certified baby whisperer... so, I'm sure Rogan is fine.

... feel very lucky & fortunate to have her on the mend and coming home soon. Grateful for the early detection and that the antibiotics and her own cells knocked it back so effectively.

The ICS unit at Primary's is a tough place to be, for any amount of time and there are plenty of kids who aren't as lucky or who have worse diagnosis'. Massive respect to all the docs & nurses... and love to all the other kids and their families.






Saturday, April 24, 2010

bacteria_log #2

Friday's 10 AM blood culture showed as positive at 4 AM today... so the bug is still present, as of yesterday AM. Rogan will be hospitalized until Monday, at the latest. The bug is of the gram negative family. She continues to get the cocktail of antibiotics & plenty of fluids.

Aside from extreme boredom, wanting her Dada, wanting her Cokes & to come home... she feels good. Below are pics from last night.

My take is that the bug is clinging to her line... contaminating each draw. My guess is if there were any sizable volume of the bacteria in her bloodstream:
A. she'd be sick
B. she'd be sick from the antibiotics killing the bacteria.
Docs said that as a foreign object, bugs can have a tendency to stick to the line. If this is the case... the bug will obviously show in every blood draw. We hope to get a speciation today... and at that point they'll focus an antibiotic on that species. They may be able to fill the line w/ that focused antibiotic... or we may opt to have the line removed. There is no way to find out where the bug is for certain... so it would be a gamble. If we elect to do this Rogan will need to get poked for an IV 5 more times... for her forthcoming treatment. Tough as nails.

They are also running tests on a bladder infection... her potty patterns are perfectly normal... so this is doubtful.

Loving that she's not feeling sick... hating that the docs can't knock this out and she could come home. Loving my hero of a wife... hating cancer.

A negative blood culture... or a speciation... please. Go Rogan.




Friday, April 23, 2010


Rogan is at Primary Children's w/ Case right now... battling a bacterial infection. She woke yesterday feeling fine... then spiked a fever at about 10 AM. She went to the ER immediately for her blood draw & a blanket antibiotic. She slept a bit and felt better... crushed a sizable ice cream cone and was released. She felt great when she arrived... but got sick again at approx 4 PM.... but after that felt great again. She slept well through the night and woke today thirsty and hungry for pancakes.

We got the call at 9 AM that something popped up her blood culture from yesterday.... alarming that it showed so quickly... meaning it was growing quick... or that there was already high volume of the bug. It is a dangerous one... so... back down to the hospital immediately.

... chances are that the bacteria entered her system through her central line... but we are ultra diligent about its cleanliness and maintenance... so, that is frustrating. Not sure how or why... but like her disease.. there's no sense in even thinking about that... only focusing on beating it and the positive outcome.

Docs say that the strain of bacteria she has is rare and dangerous... but her blood counts are high and she's been fighting it with the antibiotics, within an hour of it showing symptoms yesterday AM. They are confident they can beat it quick... with the focused antibiotic... and her counts being high. The antibiotic kills the bacteria and creates a surplus of toxins.. which will make her sick. They flush them out with meds that help facilitate that evacuation & a steady intake of fluids. That said, she'll be admitted for the next 24 hours. I'll pay the girls a visit this afternoon... to deliver a healthy dinner and keep Rogan stoked.

Thanks for the positive vibrations... they help more than you'll ever know. Stay tuned for the update.

A bird's eye of her very first set of pig tails:


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


... got the official call from Mike, from Make-A-Wish, today! It wasn't a very productive conversation... since I became instantly choked up at the mere thought of Rogan being able to get wet and romp in the sand. I was able to give him my email address... and we are moving forward! Sorry Mike!... and thank you.

Please stand by for firm dates and come if you can... to share in the celebration of Rogan Tomey Crawford.

Since last post we celebrated Easter at Promontory. The girls were beautifully dressed in their new Spring gowns. They don't get their paws on too much candy... so it ended up being a pretty awkward & uneventful scenario. They both locked into a bizarre candy consumption coma and became completely anti-social... didn't even care to hug the Easter bunny!


Stories: as promised:

Rogan wants to capture the neighbor's cat... re-name it "Meow-meow", feed it milk & allow it to lick my face. HEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeck no.

Fo real:

The real "dragon slayer":

Coco is sick of the snow... so Auntie Jesa picked out her very 1st swim suit:




Thank you for reading.


Thursday, March 18, 2010



ALL GOOD! So sorry for the lack of posts... been so busy livin'. Things are well for us and Rogan. She made it through the winter without any major sickness... just a couple of small scale colds.

Since my last post Rogan turned 3 & started skiing. She loves to tell stories... she's obsessed with the neighbor's cat & loves to talk about how she's going to let it inside & feed it milk & let it lick your face. Hmmm... no thanks.

Rogan is scheduled to finish treatment in October... and at that point; will get her central line removed. We plan to take our 1st vacation in over 3 years. Our plan is to get to Maui, Hawaii for a king size celebration of life... the 1st 2 weeks of November. This is being made possible by the incredible organization, The Make A Wish Foundation... and our wonderful "Wish Givers" Deb Hartley & Temple Smith. We couldn't be more excited. Rogan is excited to "swim wiff da fishies & find a turtle"... and if she sees a shark she'll "swim weeeel fast." Please stay tuned for the dates and come if you can. Thank you so much for following Go Rogan and for all the support... not sure how any family gets through something like this without the network of friends & family that we have.

I've got great photos & footage to share... so please check back next week... I'll have some live by this weekend.

(Photo by Brian Craighill. Congrats to him and his lovely wife Jessica, on their first born; Renton Paul. Love.)