I have such mixed emotions tonight. Millie got her last dose of chemo today before she goes into Maintenance; she still has chemo pills for a week but I feel like we have reached the end of the beginning. If that makes sense.
I have hated witnessing my oldest child go through so many horrific things, but at the same time the poisons that have been pumped through her tiny, little system are the same poisons that have kept her cancer away. I'm terrified and ecstatic all at the same time.
We still have A LOT of chemo a head of us. Amelia will have to take 6-MP at home every single day, along with steroids 5 days out of the month. She will also be going to the hospital once a month for more chemo. This will go on for the next 2 years of her life. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) at 4 years old and she will finish with everything around the time she turns 7. My little girl will be 7. 7, that is so old, she will be so big. It's not fair that a chunk of her childhood will be tainted with this. The only thing I can say is she will have a record of how many people truly love her and support her. One day she can look back and know that there were hundreds of people praying for her health. We appreciate your support and I hope you continue to follow us over the next part of our journey.
I still can't believe it. I don't know whether I should be crying tears of joy or sadness. I just know I'm crying.
A.L.L. Fact: Cancer in children and adolescents is rare. But, A.L.L. is the most common cancer in children representing 23% of cancer diagnosed among children younger than 15 years of age. It occurs in about 1 of every 29,000 children in the United States each year. They can not explain why one person gets leukemia and another does not.