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In the Name of Love

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Alyson Fowler Horton's family
Alyson Fowler Horton's family

(ATLANTA) - What would we do in the name of love? How would we serve? What would it look like? Our nation just spent millions celebrating Valentine’s day, yet who would believe that after reading the February 2011 edition of Town & Country magazine.

The lead stories in the publication’s “Valentine” edition are entitled: “I Wish I’d Married Rich;” “What He Really Thinks of Your Plastic Surgery;” “McCourt vs. McCourt,” an exposé glamorizing California’s most expensive divorce trials; and of course, “Field Guide to Divorce Lawyers.” The issue dedicated a full 11 pages to highlighting the Nation’s best divorce attorneys and how to get the most out of your divorce. The magazine was quick to cite that, “a survey by the Pew Research Center made it official: marriage is now considered optional, and some 40% of all respondents think it is becoming obsolete.”

Perhaps the Pew Research Center’s work is accurate, perhaps it’s not; but most people I know still believe in true love and still desire loving, lasting, committed relationships. Today’s story is about what pure, beautiful and selfless love looks like. Today’s story is about a young family that learned their gracious, healthy, vibrant mother had cancer. Today’s story is about the love of a husband for his wife, a sister for a sister, and a family for their daughter.

Today our thoughts are with the Horton family even as we share about their love — a love which gives us all hope. Alyson and her husband Aaron have two young, healthy sons. Their second son was born in September of 2009. Mom, baby, and family were all healthy after delivery. A few weeks after delivery, Alyson began seeing doctors for some abnormal post-delivery bleeding. In January 2010, Alyson Fowler Horton was diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD) cancer. GTD is a rare form of cancer associated with pregnancy in which the placenta cells become radical and spread to other organs in the body. Doctors do not know exactly when her cancer began during her second pregnancy, but by the time she was diagnosed in January of 2010, the cancer had spread to her left lung.

Alyson’s treatments began February 12, 2010. Macy, Alyson’s faithful sister, remembers that sad day. She remembers among other things, her sister was saddened to receive her first “buzz cut.” Over the last year, Alyson has undergone two D&Cs, three regimens of chemo, a hysterectomy, and two lung resections. She has been in and out of the hospital more times than anyone can count, and all this with two young children at home. Her husband, sister, mom, dad and friends have been supporting and encouraging her for the last year as she has fought hard to lick the cancer. Her family and friends have been a rock for her: caring for her needs, feeding her family, and loving her little boys. Needless to say, it has been a hard, sad year in so many days.

On January 18 of this year, the Horton family was hoping for recovery, but instead learned that the battle would go on. More treatments would be needed. As the last round of intensive chemo did not work: the doctors advised stem cell transplant and a more exhaustive round of chemo. In Alyson’s words, “I have been chasing these pesky cancer cells for the last year, and I am now about to undergo the mother of all treatments – autologous tandem stem cell transplant.”

One stem cell transplant survivor told her that she felt as if she “put on her helmet and went for it.” Another said that she viewed the transplant procedure as her golden ticket, or as if she had just won the lottery. The family is hoping the stem cell transplant will be an end to Alyson’s rare form of cancer.

On February 1, 2011, with husband, sister and family by her side, Alyson went for it and began the treatments she sees as her golden ticket. This latest treatment will last around 12 weeks and will be a fragile period of healing and recovery. The doctors warned it would be hard, painful, and pitted with ups and downs, but that they were hopeful for the outcome.

On Sunday, February 13, Alyson spiked a fever and was admitted to the hospital in an effort to fight infection. Her doctors want to keep her on “germ lockdown” right now, but they report that her progress is above average.

From her hospital bed, on February 15th, she writes, “I managed to land myself back in the hospital on Sunday. I spiked a low-grade fever (< 100.4) and was admitted straight into the hospital rather than going into the clinic for my daily routine …

“Aaron came and spent the night in the hospital with me last night. We ate dinner, and then he shaved my head. Sounds like a romantic Valentine’s Day, right? It was almost a year to the day that my head was shaved for the first time. It takes about two weeks after chemo for your hair to begin falling out. I can laugh about it now. I told Aaron to give me his best mohawk. I only had about an inch of hair. So, it wasn’t anything grandiose but still funny nonetheless. ”

Faithful, serving, enduring love is a beautiful thing. When you have the true and right kind of love, you don't need money, plastic surgery, Pew Research studies, or anything else — you just need each other. When you find true love, you will feel beautiful whether you have long hair, short hair, mohawk or no hair at all. Real love endures all.

Alyson and Aaron — our thoughts and prayers are with you. Godspeed as you conquer this last mile. May we all learn to live and love as you have done over and over and over again.

In honor of Alyson’s birthday on February 18th, The Good Stuff LLC will be having an on-line Shop-for-a-Cause at, Feb. 18th - Feb. 25th, to benefit the Horton family and to help with some of the medical expenses experienced by this family.  100% of net profits will be donated to the Horton family by entering  CODE: ALYSON at checkout. Find extra info about today’s Good Stuff article on the BLOG at

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I hope to hear from you soon — but between now and then may you LIVE…GIVE…and…GROW with all the good in life! 

CoCo McCain grew up in central Florida and attended the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. After graduating in 1995, she moved onto the Cumberland School of Law in 1998. In addition to her role as an attorney and writer, CoCo works with a translator so that her articles can also be enjoyed by a Spanish speaking audience.


CoCo presently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and a roost of beautiful children. She says she is your ordinary girl-next-door … but on that one November day in 2009, CoCo was given an extraordinary dream: "A dream to shine a light on all the good things that happen every single day! Everyday acts of love, bravery and generosity. Everyday acts of determination, kindness and triumph in the face of tragedy. The simple things that make life so rich and rewarding! The zest and marrow of life."

She says from the very beginning, the vision for her column The Good Stuff has been crystal clear: shine a bright light on the good in life because sharing the good has the power to touch lives around the world.

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En Español


Que haríamos en nombre del amor?  A quién serviría?  Como se vería?  Nuestro país gastó millones celebrando el día de San Valentin, y sin embargo quién creería al leer la edición de Febrero de la revista Town & Country.  Las historias principales de la edición de San Valentin fueron tituladas: “Deseo casarme con un rico,”  “Lo que él realmente piensa de tu cirugía plástica,” “McCourt contra McCourt,”  un exposé exaltando los juicios mas costosos de divorcio en Califonia; y desde luego,  “Guia de trabajo de Abogados de Divorcio.” La edición dedicó 11 páginas completas para destacar los mejores Abogados de Divorcio de la nación   y como obtener lo maximo en tu divorcio.    La revista citó que,  “una encuesta hecha por el Pew Research Center lo confirma:  el matrimonio se considera ahora opcional,  y como 40% de todos los entrevistados   piensan que se está volviendo obsoleto.”

Tal vez el trabajo del Pew Research Center es correcto, o tal vez no; pero mucha gente que conozco todavía creén en el amor verdadero y desean relaciones amorosas y duraderas.  La historia de hoy  es acerca de como puro, hermoso y desinteresado el amor es.   La historia de hoy es de una familia joven que se enteró que su amorosa, saludable y activa madre tenía cancer.  La historia de hoy es del amor de un esposo por su esposa, hermana por hermana, y de una familia por su hija.

Hoy nuestros pensamientos estan con la familia Horton mientras compartimos de sus amor — un amor que nos dá esperanza.   Alyson y su esposo Aaron tienen dos hijos jovenes y sanos.  Su Segundo hijo nació en Septiembre del 2009.  La mamá, el bebé y la familia estaban sanos después del alumbramientro.  Pocas semanas después del parto,  Alyson comenzó a ver doctores por un sangrado anormal.  En Enero del 2010, Alyson Fowler Horton fué diagnosticada con  Enfermedad Trofoblástica Gestacional, (GTD en Inglés).   GTD es una forma de cancer raro asociado con el embarazo en la que las celulas de la  placenta se vuelven radicales y se propagan a otros organos del  cuerpo.  Los doctores no saben exáctamente cuando el cancer comenzó durante su segundo embarazo, pero cuando fué diagnosticada en Enero del 2010, el cancer se había propagado al pulmón izquierdo.                                                                                                             

Los tratamientos de Alyson empesaron en Febrero 12 del 2010, Macy, su fiel hermana, recuerda ese triste día.  Ella recuerda entre otras cosas, la tristeza de su hermana cuando recibió su primer “corte a rapa.”  El año pasado, Alyson se ha sometido a dos procedimientos “D & C” (dilatacion y raspado) tres regímens de quemoterapia, una histerectomía y dos resecciones de pulmón.  Ha entrado y salido del hospital más veces de las que pueda recordar, y todo esto con dos niños pequeños en casa.  Su esposo, hermana, mamá, papá y amigos la han  apoyado y alentado el año pasado y ella ha peleado duro para vencer el cancer.  Su familia y amigos han sido un gran apoyo para ella:  encargandose de sus necesidades, alimentando a su familia, y dando amor a sus pequeños hijos.  Sobra decir que ha sido dificil, muy dificil en muchas ocasiones.  

El 18 de Enero de este año, la familia Horton Ansiaba una recuperación, pero en vez de eso descubrieron que la batalla continuaría.  Se necesitaban más tratamientos.  Como el ultimo tratamiento de quemoterapia no tuvo exito: el doctor aconsejó un transplante de médula y un tratamiento mas exhausto de quemoterapia.  Alison dijo, “he estado cazando esas celulas cancerosas todo el año pasado, ahora voy a tener la madre de todos los tratamientos – autologo transplante de medula continuo .” 

Un sobreviviente de transplante de médula  le dijo que se sintió como si “se hubiera puesto un casco y se hubiera lanzado.”   Otra le dijo que  veía el procedimiento del trasplante como su boleto de oro, o como si se hubiera ganado la loteria.  Su familia esta deseando que el transplante de médula séa el final del cancer de Allison.

El primer día de Febrero de este año con su esposo, hermana y  familia a su lado, Alyson empezó los tratamientos que ella vé como su boleto dorado, o como si se hubiera ganado la loteria.  Este ultimo tratamiento durará cerca de 12 semanas y sera un periodo my frágil de curación y recuperación.  Los doctores advirtieron que sería duro, doloroso, y lleno de altas y bajas, pero tenian muchas esperanzas en el resultado.

El domingo 13 de Febrero, Alison tuvo fiebre alta y fué admitida al hospital para combatir una infección.  Sus doctores la quieren mantener en “observación de germenes,” el dia de hoy su progreso es arriba del promedio.

Desde su cama en el hospital, el 15 de Febrero ella escribe,  “Me envié de regreso al hospital el Domingo.  Mi temperatura llegó a 100.4 farenheith y fuí admitida directamente al hospital en vez de ir a la clinica para mi rutina diaria …”

“Aaron vino y pasó la noche en el hospital conmigo.  Cenamos, y luego razuró mi cabeza.  Suena como un romantico día de San Valentin verdad?  Fué casi un año exáctamente cuando mi cabeza fué rasurada por primera vez.  Se necesitan dos semanas después de la quemo para que tu cabello empiese a caer.  Me puedo reir de eso ahora.  Le dije a Aaron que me hiciera un corte mohawk.  Solo tenía como una pulgada de cabello.  Así que no fué nada ostentoso, pero curioso de todas maneras.”

Leal, entregado y eterno amor es una cosa maravillosa.  Cuando tu tienes el amor justo y verdadero, no necesitas dinero, cirugias plásticas, estudios del ”Pew Research” o cualquier otra cosa — solo se necesitan uno al otro.  Cuando encuentras el amor verdadero, te sentiras hermosa teniendo cabello largo, cabello corto, Mohawk o nada de cabello.  Amor real lo acepta todo.

Alyson y Aaron — nuestro pensamientos y oraciones estan con ustedes.  Que Dios los bendiga mientras recorren esta última milla.  Que aprendamos a vivir y amar como lo han hecho una y otra vez.

The Good Stuff va a tener una venta en linea  compra-por-una-causa en, Feb. 18th - Feb. 25th, a beneficio de la familia Horton y para ayudar con los gastos medicos incurridos por esa familia.  .  100% de la ganancia neta sera donada a la familia Horton si escribes el CODIGO: ALYSON al pagar. Encuentra información adicional acerca del artículo de hoy en el BLOG en


Unete a la conversación y encuentra extra información acerca del atículo de Cosas Buenas de hoy en el BLOG en  Comparte “tu historia” conmigo y ayudame           a “iluminar una luz” a las cosas buenas que ves cada día en Deseo saber de tí pronto — pero mientras tanto que  VIVAS…COMPARTAS… y …PROGRESES con todo lo bueno de la vida!  

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gp February 19, 2011 3:17 am (Pacific time)

Muy bien y gracias por la transducion a castellano.

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