Friday, November 23, 2012

The Anniversary of the Day that Changed My Life

It was one year ago today that the floor fell away from my feet.  One year ago today that Black Friday will now have a completely new meaning.  One year ago today that I had to call in the troops because I knew we couldn't handle it alone.  It was one year ago today that my sweet boy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).


Leukemia isn't all Jack has had to experience.  He was born with Down syndrome, which means absolutely nothing to him (and the more you know about Down syndrome, the more you realize that it shouldn't).  He smiles and laughs his way through the day.  He still does, even undergoing cancer treatments.  Jack has also had two major hip surgeries, both requiring a body cast for months at a time.  Once again, laughing and smiling, army crawling in his cast.


I know he'll get through this.  Maybe that's why I can say leukemia hasn't been all bad.  We've done things and met people we never would have if he wasn't stricken with this illness.  The love and outpouring of support from dear ones, but mostly from complete strangers, has turned our world upside down.  And the love keeps on coming.

One year down; 25 months to go.

One day it will be nice to see Black Friday as a day to freeze your ass off standing in lines at 2am for crazy deals, rather than remembering that alarming phone call that an oncologist is waiting for you to travel into Boston because we suspect your child has leukemia.

Take care,


Debbie

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  2. Bless your sweet little guy, sorry he has had to go through so much. You sound like a beautiful mother. He is sooooo adorable.

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  3. just reading your lovely blog TFS and was saddened to read about your son and his illness. I do hope he makes a full recovery and that he keeps on smiling and laughing...which i'm guessing inturn gives you strength xxx take care and best wishes xxx

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  4. just reading your lovely blog TFS and was saddened to read about your son and his illness. I do hope he makes a full recovery and that he keeps on smiling and laughing...which i'm guessing inturn gives you strength xxx take care and best wishes xxx

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