Monday, January 30, 2012

Made me cry. . . .

Monday, January 30, 2012 6:58 PM, EST

On February 19, 2009 Ally's prognosis changed. We had just come off 3 months of remission and were feeling good. Her scan that day showed the tumor was back. It was heartbreaking. The very next day we met with her oncologist and made a plan. The plan really did not include Ally having a 5th birthday...

I am so glad that plan was not the final outcome. We had the wonderful opportunity to seek treatment and surgery in NYC; with the blessing of our home hospital (which I am told is not common). We feel so lucky that we only need to travel to New York to get some of the best cancer treatment for Neuroblastoma in the world. Even though the road is a bit bumpy down there, Ally celebrated her 5th birthday today, so who cares about a few bumps in the road? She is worth every tear that has been shed, every long trip to a hospital, and every doctor's appointment she has required. She is such a good girl. She is (almost) always well behaved. She always does what the doctors say. She always has a smile on her face. She is the bravest person I know.

So, here is to Ally, who was determined to have a 5th birthday, no matter what that stupid tumor thought. And, here is to Ally having so many more birthdays.

She is the light of our lives and we feel so lucky to be her parents, we are so happy she picked us!

Happy Birthday Ally...and many more to come!!!

1 comment:

Rilly said...

Losing someone you love is hard enough but the thought of losing a child is almost too much to comprehend. The possibility of losing my child to brain cancer didn't happen until he was 40 and thanks to prayers, a terrific Dr. the 2nd time around and his super positive attitude, he's cancer free for the 3rd time in 10 yrs. He was originally given 2. My prayers are with you, your family and especially your beautiful Ally.