|First day of Kindergarten|
Five years ago today, my world changed. My son, a kindergartner of only two days, was rushed to CHAM to begin treatment for High Risk Leukemia. But we had woken up that morning thinking the world was a safe and lovely place. School had just started and we were all excited. Sammy was finally part of it all, a big kid at elementary school...he had so much to learn and so many friends to meet. Except he didn't....
The rest is history. The blog details the horrors of the first night, the feeling of despair, the heartache and constant readmissions.
Five years...so long ago....exactly half Sammy's lifetime ago.
Today I allow myself to remember...I don't need to re-read the blog...it is all still an open wound if I let it be. Only today...only today will I allow myself to dwell on the past. Tomorrow I will get back to living in the present and fighting to kick cancer's ass with awareness and fundraising. I don't do it for Sammy...I do it for those who are fighting and are about to fight.
Here is a brief look back at then...and a few pictures celebrating how far my hero has come!
|Just after initial admittance - there was still some hair under that hat!|
|Neutropenia meant keeping Sammy germ free!|
|Sammy in school...he made it into Kindergarten for about 6 weeks out of the whole year.|
|Superman Sammy at the LTN Walk|
|Graduation from elementary school|
|Goofing around with moi!|
|Doing what kids do...|
|"I just want to be a NORMAL kid" - Sammy 2014|