This past week a family that we met while in Philadelphia that also lives in Virginia whose daughter has Neuroblastoma, The Kudro's, Hayley lost her fight to neuroblastoma. Karen and Eric, Doug and I just want you to know you are amazing parents and Hayley is a beautiful little girl. All we remember is the night we drove to the RMH and you two were waiting outside for us and she was waving her hands all over and just so excited. We are sending lots of love and prayers to you!
This year was also one of the hardest year that we have ever had. December 18th marked one year since this journey began and December 23rd marked one year since we learned that our daughter, Emily, has (that dreaded word) cancer, neuroblastoma to be exact. A cancer that is hard to beat. The loss of Hayley was a lot harder on us than we ever imagined, because it just feels so close to home. But we also know that Hayley is no longer in pain and for that we are grateful.! This past year has been a journey that Doug and I have learned to do many things on our own because there hasn't been much help, learned to cope with something that I never thought we would have to deal with and continue to move forward with the rest of our family while working.
While I don't want to bring a sad post tonight, I just want to say we are thankful that we were all home together as a family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and here we are, its New Years Eve and we are all home together again. For that we are very thankful!
Right now we head back to CHOP on January 9th for an MIBG on the 10th and results on the 11th. The results we are hopeful that they are showing improvement and if they are, then we move forward and will be placed inpatient to start Round 2 of MIBG Therapy. If the scans do no show improvement, they have some other thoughts for us. Scanxiety is surely in our minds, but we are remaining positive that there is improvement.. Emily has had 7 platelets transfusions since we have been home and 2 blood transfusions. For the first time, Thursday, Emily did not need to have a platelet transfusion and we are hopeful that they are coming up and staying up on their own. Emily has clinic Monday morning, so we will see how things are.
As the year comes to a close, and we start 2012, we are looking for a much brighter, happier and healthy with CLEAN scans!
Happy New Years to all!
(I also wanted to post Coles Pages, with Emily's page... http://www.colespages.org/EmilysJourney/pages/visit and you can actually purchase stuff with Emily on it. Check it out!)