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Muircheartach 
  Posted: 19-Aug-2007, 10:42 PM
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Hi all,

Just wanted to quickly let you know that prayers do work! Here's the latest from Robert on how Aaron's feeling:

"I have no explanation for Aaron's condition over the last few days. It was just Friday that I was sure Aaron would be gone soon. He was in such a fragile state. Today and yesterday he spent more and more time awake and alert, talking some and eating a little. He has watched TV several times today, and for whatever reason has gone almost all night for the last two night without the use of pain medication. Of course the pain patches are a constant source of medication, so he is never completely without."

"I went to York, SC and picked up Aaron's sister, Heather. She will be staying until next weekend. When I got back Dawn told me Aaron wants me to give him a Mohawk haircut. I will be doing this in a few minutes. What a funny guy. He knows he will have to sit up in a chair for this and then get a shower afterward to remove any of the small hairs that will be on his neck and so forth. Still he wants it done."

"I mentioned before that Dawn and I have not asked for any help in the months Aaron has been ill. However, necessity forces us to change that fact. Our families have offered much help, and that has been a tremendous blessing. But more help is needed."

I'll let you check out the rest of Robert's post at CaringBridge: www.caringbridge.org/visit/aaronmcgrady

Again, thanks for your prayers and well-wishes - they really do work!

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Posted: 19-Aug-2007, 10:55 PM
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This is wonderful news Robbie. Aaron and his family will continue to be in my prayers..

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Posted: 20-Aug-2007, 12:41 PM
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i'm so glad to hear this!! you'll have to show us how he looks in his new hairdo!!


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  Posted: 25-Aug-2007, 12:10 AM
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Hi all,

Even though I know most of you that are following Aaron's progress are doing so from the CaringBridge site, I'll still try to post most of Robert's journal messages here. I just received this post from him tonight, so here it is - if you'd like to go to the site, please follow this link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/aaronmcgrady

"Where are we now? I wish I knew. Aaron has made another slide toward the negative. He is not having any awake or alert time, but is not necessarily sleeping either. He lies in bed with his eyes closed in a semi-conscious state. I can't imagine what must be going through his mind. The hospice nurse visited again today, and said his blood pressure and breathing were good, but his pulse was somewhat elevated. I see him like this and can only think that it won't be long. For reasons of his suffering, I can accept sooner than later. One of the doctors at the Cancer Clinic told me I would likely feel this way, but at the time I truly believed God would heal Aaron. As a woman told me today, however, yes God will heal him. Either in this life, or the life to come. I know these things without having to be told. But I don't want to be too accepting right now. I still believe that God may heal Aaron in a miraculous way. Regardless, we are all trying to become prepared for the worst, which seems to be looming over the horizon.

We have had several family members and friends offer financial help lately. I want to say a heartfelt thank you. This is a very difficult time in many ways, and thanks to the love of some generous people, we are able to concentrate on more important matters. To anyone who reads this and wants to reach out but cannot, let me assure you that your prayers are among the greatest riches in the world. I speak for my entire family when I say that I am utterly humbled to know just how far and wide the body of Christ is with Aaron's name on their lips each day. Thank you is not enough.

I hope tomorrow shows some sign of direction. It is agonizing, not only for my son, but for the entire family to see him in this state. Pain rules the day, and now I fear that the pain he feels is not being voiced. Please pray for comfort."

Again, thanks for your prayers and outpouring of love!

Blessings and love, Robbie
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Posted: 25-Aug-2007, 05:33 AM
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I was afraid this would happen because this is part of that awful disease so often - times when all seems to get better - and then it's getting worse again so rapidly.
I can only try to imagine what this means for Aaron and his family; I have no idea how it is possible to bear the unbearable - but seemingly we do when we have to.
I stand in awe of the way they have been handling it so far.
But how hard that must be...
So my prayers go out for you, for all the strength and comfort and anything needed in this time for all the family McGrady.


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Posted: 25-Aug-2007, 11:56 AM
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It is so hard to believe that less than a year ago Aaron was playing football! sad.gif
What a terrible disease. God will know what is best for Aaron, although we may not agree.
My prayers are always with the family.
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Posted: 31-Aug-2007, 09:03 PM
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Just checked in on Aaron's website. Aaron passed away today. sadwalk.gif
Thought I'd pass along the latest entry. rip_1.gif




Aaron's fight is finally over. My beautiful son passed today at 3:54 pm. He didn't necessarily go quietly though. For nearly an hour Aaron was suffering cardiac distress. His feet had begun to turn blue, and he complained of chest pain accompanied by rapid breathing. Dawn had called the hospice nurse because of this, and soon after she arrived asked if we had any baby aspirin. Of course we did not, so Dawn pulled out of the driveway to go get some. While she was gone, I sat with Aaron and tried to soothe his aches. For well over a month Dawn, my mother, and I have massaged Aaron's back, legs, and feet to help with the pain. I was not able to bring a bit of relief. Then I knew. So while Dawn was gone....no more than 15 minutes, Aaron went into cardiac arrest. He went fairly quickly at that point. But about a half hour before he passed, I asked Dawn to leave the room. I looked at Aaron and told him that Jesus wanted to take him by the hand and bring him home. Aaron did not respond, but I know he heard me. I told him not to tell Jesus no, and that his mom and I would be ok. At one point, through the chest pain and difficulty breathing, he spoke to someone not in the room. I could not understand what he was saying, but then he said, somewhat wide-eyed "no, no, no." In a few seconds he said simply, "yes." In less than five minutes he was gone.

I cannot express all that I am feeling right now. One emotion I can express is great relief. People will tell me things over the next days and weeks letting me know Aaron is no longer in pain, or Aaron is in a better place. I know these things, and that is what consoles me now. My sweet child suffered so bad for so long. He is right now, and this moment, in the loving arms of Jesus. He is seeing all of God's splendor, and the wonder of His presence. So I will close this message with a couple final thoughts. God has not slighted us. He is wonderful and awesome, His plan for Aaron is without imperfection. God is with me and our family. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be by our side always.

I think it goes without saying that Dawn and I will likely not be able to work for a while. So if anyone can and will help us financially, I set up an account at BB&T bank. I think a person can go in and ask to deposit to the account of Robert and Aaron McGrady. We will need help for at least a few weeks. I will update this site when I know I am either in good enough shape to no longer need help, or otherwise working again. I do hope anyone who reads this understands.

One final note. Some of the members of the USC Gamecocks football team visited Aaron today. It was about an hour before he passed. I want to include a photo of my baby's last day on earth, and notice the bravery in his smile. I love you Aaron. I know you have gone to be with Jesus, ushered in on angel's wings. I will miss you.
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Posted: 31-Aug-2007, 09:12 PM
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Though my heart is heavy for the loss the family feels, I am so glad that Aaron is well and whole now. May God grant comfort and grace in the difficult days ahead. We love you folks and we are praying for you.


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My prayers are with you.


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Posted: 31-Aug-2007, 11:27 PM
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Robert, I rejoice in Aaron's release. It is more than we can understand, but our trust in Him is not misplaced. May you, Dawn and the rest of the family find peace.


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  Posted: 31-Aug-2007, 11:55 PM
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Hi all,

Thanks, ballydun, for posting the last update from Aaron's CaringBridge site. I am on business travel and did not get the CaringBridge e-mail in time to post it, but I appreciate you doing it, as I appreciate your prayers as well as the prayers of all the others who have visited this post.

My prayers are now for Robert, Dawn and their families during this time of grief - truly may God grant them peace. I know that Robert has the right perspective (at least to me as a Christian), but I've been involved with many memorial services as a minister and know that the hardest part that people have is in trying to fill the void after the death of a loved one - especially an only child.

Again, thanks to all for your prayers and kind thoughts - may God bless you! angel.gif
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Aaron is in peace now. Robert, I can't say anything here you would'nt have heard already. My heart is bleeding and goes out for you, Dawn and all who love Aaron.
We'll keep up praying for you; for all the strength and support you will need.
May you find peace.
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Here is part of yesterday's CaringBridge entry:

Things here are o.k. Dawn and I are learning to cope after only one day of our son having moved on to the next life. It is hard. I have expressed to my wife and mother that I am in "Aaron Mode." It is a way in which I learned a new alertness to his needs. I learned to be conscious of his moods, his physical problems, and the needs of his spirit. It is very difficult to get out of Aaron mode. I have to remind myself as I walk through the house that I don't have to be so quiet. I don't have to be careful when opening doors not to alarm the dogs. It seems every minute of every day has been spent in thought of what effect I might have on Aaron with all my action. So now I have to remind myself. I'm sure in time this will change. After all, this is a whole new world for us all. But humans adapt. And God is merciful. Dawn and I have talked about this and she said she feels the same way. So we now have to learn a new way of living. One without our precious son in it. It will be hard, but God is merciful.

Rob, my heart is full with things I hardly know how to express. But I know what you mean about "Aaron mode." Many people have seen this as a gift of the spirit, for those who have been left behind, to take leave of each little thing one at a time so that you won't be engulfed by the sorrow. There is a lot of sorrow in the process, but also sweetness in memory, even in the way you and Aaron grew so close right to the end, and of course in his courage. As astonishing and strong as all your insights have been through the whole hard journey, I know you will be blessed with all the sweetness he has left for you.
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  Posted: 06-Sep-2007, 06:31 PM
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Hi all,

This was just posted by Robert and I would like to share it with all of you - I, too, appreciate your prayers and kind wishes for Aaron, as well as all his family!


"The McGrady household owes thanks to so many people, and those will be coming. Without our friends and families the past weeks and months would have been incredibly more difficult. The past week has been made easier by those living close to us, and their gifts of food and household items are so very appreciated. Today, however, I want to talk about Aaron's memorial service and those who made it so beautiful.

First is pastor Beale. He is my neighbor, and just an awesome person. He is a man who I believe God led us to in this neighborhood, and one I have found to be a great inspiration. He always seems to know just what to say and when to say it. I was honored that pastor Beale agreed to conduct Aaron's service, and his message was powerful, comforting, uplifting, and grounded in the word of God. I thank you so much pastor Beale.

Pastor Beale's son, Dan, offered us a wonderful gift. He is an electronic media professional and without charge, printed seven photos and did a video presentation using our photos and home movies so that others could see the little boy we all knew and loved....before he became ill. This was an absolutely fantastic and touching addition to the service...one which stirred the emotions of all who attended. Thank you Dan. We will cherish this gift ALWAYS!

Aaron's good friend, ET, who is a former R.N., and who is currently on the administrative staff at the children's hospital, agreed to sing during the service. I was fortunate enough to hear him sing a cappella during last year's Christmas holiday. I have spoken about ET before, but words could never do justice to the gift this man has been granted for singing. His voice is just phenomenal, and knowing how Aaron felt about him made his voice and the words to "How Great Thou Art" more moving than I have ever heard before. ET, my dear friend, I thank you from the depths of my soul. You will always hold a special place in the hearts of the McGrady family.

One final thanks. That would be to all the friends and family who came to show their respects for Aaron. I would guess there were nearly 300 in attendance. Guests included Aaron's school friends and family members, teachers, teammates, coaches, and other family members from Lexington Youth League football, Aaron's karate Sensei and his wife, co-workers from Dawn's workplace...the Babcock Center, our family members...including four generations of folks from Dawn's side of the family, plus a fifth generation expected to be born in December. We had personal friends who came to show their love, and I'll say that the showing of support and respect was very humbling. Thank you everyone for giving Aaron such an outstanding farewell. When Dawn and I sit to write our thank-you's, I hope we do not miss a soul. I can't imagine we could remember everyone, but we will try very hard not to. In Christ's love."


Blessings and love, Robbie
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