10…9…8… I didn’t get to witness the Orion spacecraft countdown, but I’m sure it was exciting because they pretty much all are. At the end, you know something big is going to happen. 7….6…. Six, that is where Delaney is at right now on her own countdown. We just got the word last week, God willing and if all goes well, she is down to only six more months of treatment! Her official last day of treatment will be May 5th, 2015 talk about a good reason for a fiesta!
As for her part, Delaney has been doing great. We had a fantastic Thanksgiving and she was as spunky as ever. We put the bird in the oven and then went out and played some family 3 on 3 football. Even her non-tomboy sisters got out there and played. When they tired of that, we switched to soccer and played that until the bird was gobbling for us to eat it. We went inside, gave thanks, stuffed ourselves, played games, watched football, took a nap, stuffed ourselves again, and then played more games. It was the perfect day!
The fun continued all weekend. A very nice parent at Delaney’s school who owns 3 Ring Photography offered to shoot some family photos for us. We happened to all get the case of the giggles so it turned out to be a very silly fun-filled hour. We also managed to sneak in a movie and an art exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens before having to send Delaney’s oldest sister back to college on Sunday morning.
That afternoon, a fellow leukemia survivor invited Delaney and our family to come take a tour of the Denver Fire Department’s station 27. Russell and his wife Katie were at the Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Light the Night Walk and heard that Delaney wanted to be a firefighter. It turned out, Russell is an older, male version of Delaney.
Not only does he have his own battle with leukemia, but he is a firefighter who loves legos! Russell, and all of the firefighters on duty that day, made Delaney an honorary firefighter. Along with her sisters, Delaney got to go up
(and I mean wayyyyyy up) in the bucket on top of the firetruck.
We got to hang out in the firehouse and eat lunch with the entire firehouse. Delaney got to try out all the cool gadgets, put on the uniform, and even fire the hose. She was in heaven!
After the weekend highs, Monday came along and brought her chemo treatment and steroids with it. It was another rough week. She was home sick all week and still wasn’t really feeling well as of last night. She did rally on Friday for the Make A Wish event at Children’s Hospital where the kids get to pick out gifts for their loved ones from Santa’s workshop. It basically took it all out of her by the end so she didn’t get to meet the Denver Bronco cheerleaders were there, but a couple of them were nice enough to send her a personalized message.
While we excitedly start the countdown, that is pretty much our routine right now. We hope to have three good weeks of non-steroid happy and healthy Delaney (even though she is still taking her oral chemo daily), and then one week when she gets more chemo injected into her port and has to take steroids for the week. She goes from a feisty energetic kid for three weeks to getting her little bummie kicked for a week. But… the week is almost over, and she only has six more months to go!!!