Thank you for remembering & celebrating what would have been Julia’s 12th #StPatricksDay Birthday. Often times, our family is asked, “how do you manage the grief?” It is a road we walk everyday, and it is especially difficult on birthdays and holidays. However, walk we must. And you CAN too!
[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”19″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”120″ thumbnail_height=”90″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”20″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show slideshow]” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]One of the myriad of ways we cope is through you. Seeing friends wear Juila’s shirts, mentioning her name, tagging us in a pic, making a donation to her foundation, or sharing a story about her (even if it is the same story), means the world to our family. Our spirits are lifted, even if but for a moment. And it is in that moment, that we are reminded to, “have courage and be kind,” for there are others who must be given the same reminder. We still walk in hope that one day no child will die from cancer. Until then, we walk in love, and in the hope that God CAN carry us through whatever we might face.
Thank you for sharing in our past, in our present, and in our future endeavors through Julia’s foundation in Houston and beyond. Julia was a giver, and we are now her hands. There is Irish blood on the Cobb side of the family, so we are pretty sure that Irish eyes are smiling down on us from heaven tonight, and for a moment, we are encouraged….
-Jonathan & the Cobb family #JuCan #UCan #GodCAN
Groovy Kind of Love
Phil Collins sang about this, but I think it’s more fun to do it! Each day, the Cobb family and Team #JuCan make it a goal to share a little “groovy love” with another person. Love isn’t love until you give it away. It was the “Julia Cobb” way to do small acts of kindness, but with a great big heart! Since she has passed, we continue to make extraordinary connections that remind us that Ju’s “groovy” love remains close by!
While we were eating at Denny’s over Christmas, we asked the Manager, Harry, about participating in our JuCan Toy Drive for The MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. As we shared, tears began to flow from his eyes. I instantly sensed the look in his eye, and the heaviness in his heart. I knew this look! I live with this heaviness. I knew what he was about to say.
Tearfully, Harry began to explain that he lost his 14 year old son, Khalid, to Osteosarcoma about 9 months ago. He shared several beautiful memories about his son and how he loved Buffalo Wild Wings! Harry often found himself at BWW, grabbing a quick takeout, and rushing back to make the delivery at his bedside (hopefully before he changed his mind). When you have a child in cancer treatment, you’ll drive anywhere, day or night, just to find one morsel they “might” eat! We spent the next hour swapping tears and sharing funny memories about our kids.
We retuned to Denny’s recently with a Valentine for Harry. We have become close friends and love to see his beautiful, Louis Armstrong, “what a wonderful world” smile! Jaxi made the special presentation, including a “Buffalo Wild Wing” gift card! I told Harry to go make a new memory in Khalid’s honor!
Our thanks to the special lady who made this gift card happen on behalf of the JuCan Foundation. We LOVE sharing groovy JuCan love with families. I hope you will continue to support our efforts at www.JuCanFoundation.org/donate, as there is a great need among families fighting cancer and/or the memory of it.
It’s Monday! And thank God for it! Share some groovy love this week! -Jonathan Cobb
#JuCan do all things!
“When I’m feelin’ blue
All I have to do is take a look at you
Then I’m not so blue
When you’re close to me
I can feel your heart beat
I can hear you breathing in my ear
Ju’s dog, Prancer (Prannie), suddenly fell ill Thursday evening/Friday morning. We awoke and found that she had vomited multiple times, could not stand, had a severe head tilt and her eyes were not tracking. We feared the worst and assumed that she had suffered a stroke or a neurological event. We spent a couple hours prepping the children for our faithful friend to enter heaven. Once again, total sadness and tears in the Cobb household. Prannie (14) has been around longer than all of our kids and she discovered all 3 of the cancers in our house (as well as alerting Jonathan that I was going into labor with all 4 pregnancies).
We carried a very sick dog to the vet around 2:30 on May 30th, the 1st anniversary of MaD’s Homegoing. Dr. Parson walked in, took one look and said, “Prancer has a head tilt and is suffering from vertigo. There is no reason to euthanize her for this and given time, she will most likely recover. While the exact cause is not known, geriatric dogs are prone to this and a round of antibiotics and Dramamine should make her feel better in 3-4 days. It may take 3-4 weeks.” Needless to say, the five (and 6th) Cobbs started shouting after we were sure we heard him correctly.
Today, after around the clock nursing care, me sleeping on the couch and carrying our 55 pound baby outside, Prannie has made an 80% recovery!!!! She is walking (like the V-8 Man, so be it), barking, eating and drinking out of her bowls and going outside to the bathroom.
God is good and we can’t help but think her strong spirit is a reflection of her sweet angels, Ju and MaD. Prannie isn’t finished yet!