Twas the day before Christmas
and all through the house
not a Delaney was stirring
not even my spouse.
Instead of anxiously awaiting Santa
or playing with her sisters while building a fort
Delaney is back at the doctors
getting more chemo in her port.
Today also starts the next cycle of steroids
so lets get ready for the fun
tears, fits of anger, and eating
just about everything under the sun.
But as you all already know
Delaney is full of fight
So I’ll put this poem to bed
by wishing you all a good night!
Okay, I’ll let the lame poem rest. I just wanted to give you a quick update on how Delaney is doing. She is doing great! She has been enjoying her Christmas break and feeling well. She went into the clinic yesterday and her counts were down. Unlike the prior stages, this is actually a good thing on this stage. It means that today she can receive more chemo. Receiving chemo on Christmas Eve may not sound like a good thing, but it is a lot better than the alternative of being too sick to NOT receive chemo.
I think the realization that we are hitting another cancer milestone (first Christmas) has taken its toll on my wife. The reality is that Delaney has her good days and not so good days, but we still have a long way to go on her little (non) adventure. However, we are looking forward to keeping our family Christmas traditions alive this season. After today’s treatment, our family will go to church and then come home and allow the kids to open one present each. The next morning, we’ll wake up early find the coal Santa left for me, remind the kids again why we celebrate Christmas,they open their presents, and then I usually have to remind them about the kids in Africa every time they open a present from me (“What! You don’t like it??? Well the kids in Africa would love to play with kitty litter!”). Then we’ll prove once again how goofy our family is by heading to the movies dressed in our PJ’s.
I know we sound like a broken record, but we can’t even tell you how much your words of encouragement mean to us. I want to thank so many of you that reached out to my wife while she was having such a tough time these past couple of weeks just to let her know that you were thinking of her or praying for Delaney. It is truly humbling when someone you haven’t even met tells you that they have been praying for your family. We wish you and yours a fantastic Christmas filled with love and laughter.
Here is a pic of our little mouse not stirring on the eve of Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!