Mommy's Time Out Magazine September 2018 - Page 19

McKinley had a wonderful August! It was oh so bittersweet for me though. Realizing my “baby” started Kindergarten and I’ll never have any kiddos home with me anymore was sad but also so amazing as she “MADE” it. She made it to Kindergarten. Which is something (in all honesty) we questioned throughout treatment. She is loving her teacher and being at the same school as her big brother. She has adjusted pretty well with the long school day. Her monthly blood check appointment had a very unnecessary scare (something in which I have addressed to that department) but thankfully all was ok. We also got together with three other warrior friends (one of whom is Lauren who’s sweet Mom Shawna is in this group). Annually we meet at the hospital and take pics of our girls in their Tutus to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Since September is pediatric cancer awareness month Fox 13 (as well as possibly another new channel) will be airing this segment. It warmed our hearts to see how far these four have come and how close they’ve become. I’m so thankful for their friendship amongst them but I’m equally (if not more thankful) for their moms friendship. It was so touching this year to see them all smiling, giggling, playing and feeling GOOD! They are all off treatment ❤️

We had a wonderful summer and we count our blessings for every day. I’m not sure if I’ll ever take that really deep breath of having a “normal” life but we’re trying really hard to enjoy every minute.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Xoxo,

Karen

McKinley is doing really great. She's loving school, LOVING dance & enjoying being off chemo meds. It really is amazing how much she's grown, how much she's developed & how much more personality she has since she's stopped chemo. All things are looking great which is wonderful news. We've been very busy with advocating & promoting childhood cancer awareness month & attending a lot of events. We did have one scare at this months appointment but all was confirmed negative with an ultrasound. Myself, a few other "cancer moms" & McKinleys oncologist were all concerned about a vein by where her port was placed especially since she had a clot in the past. But all was confirmed ok with a quick ultrasound (Thank God). I'm not sure I'll ever be able to take a deep breath but I do try too. We are praying for a Halloween at home this year (last year we spent 8 days in the hospital fighting a nasty virus over Halloween). And although the nurses & staff came by her hospital room to trick or treat, I'm actually looking forward to sweating & fighting bugs on Halloween night this year. It's the little things 😉 Thank You as always for keeping McKinley in your thoughts & prayers.

xoxox,

Karen

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