We have 2 friends kids and emotions swinging from one way to another in only a matter of a few days. These families are states away from each other and have never met, yet they are now in the same club that nobody ever wants to join. Then are both in the "I hate Cancer" club.
I have known Mike since the 10th grade. We dated on an off but always remained friends. He moved out of state and married. We still kept in touch some, but usually by e-mail. I was surprised to hear from him in July of 2004 by phone. We talked for a while and I told him all about our pregnancy with C and all we had gone through to get there. He then dropped a bomb on me, their youngest son P had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at the age of only 5!!! They sure have been through a lot but we got the EXCELLENT news on September 18th that he had finished his treatment. He will still be monitored closely but treatment is done!
Nichole is someone I met on line. Her daughter A and our C both have Down syndrome so that was our bond. That and our living in the same state and our kids being very close in age. C is 3 and A is 2 1/2. We vacation a few weekends a year near where they live and when we have gone, we have done our best to get the girls together. On September 17th, A's mom noticed a rash on her and took her to be checked out. As of 2:00 am on Septmeber 18th, (the same date that P had his last treatment) they were in a hospital 2 hours away waiting for what looked sure to be a diagnosis of Leukemia. They learned on September 21st that A does indeed have Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She will have to be in a hospital 2 hours from home, her 3 brothers and her everyday life for 3-4 weeks at a time and 10 day visits home in between.
I can't in anyway relate to what either of these parents are going through. We are so happy to see one at an ending point but so very sad to see another at the beginning of what can be a long journey. I can only hope that A's journey goes as well as P's did.
Please give both families any prayers, positive thoughts you can and hug your little ones tight and be sure to appreciate every little thing about them. There is no greater blessing then a child.
So, why do I care what this person has to say? I don't know, you are the one who showed up to read.
I am Peggy and I live with my husband and our 2 girls C and J. We have gone through the ringer to get our girls. Before C we had 6 miscarriages. Then when C was born, we had the shock of our lives when we learned that she has Down syndrome. For years, Down syndrome was a big focus in my life. While it still is, time has showed me that life with C is very normal and while ds is still important to me, I just don't see it as the focus on C anymore. It is a part of her, it is not what defines her.
We decided to have a second baby and again, went through the miscarriage rollercoaster. We had 2 more miscarriages and were finally blessed with J.
Life is crazy but it's crazy good and I wouldn't trade it for the world.