The "band man" proudly sporting his "curing kayla rose" wrist band. He was thrilled to have it.
This afternoon, Kayla had a lot of questions about her cancer. She wanted to know if we had ever had cancer or if we ever would. She wanted to know if it could come back. She wanted to know if cancer can come back in other places. She asked if we knew that this would be our last time here. I was honest with her. She is so bright. Bright beyond her years. I have always known Kayla was an old soul. There is just something different about her..... I explained that we just never know what can happen but we hope and pray every day that this is the only time she has to go through this. I explained how much harder it is for an adult to go through cancer treatment and how it's amazing how these kids have more luck bouncing right back. (we mentioned a few friends here who are doing just that). She said that she is very glad she's going through it now as a kid and not an "old person". She couldn't imagine how hard it would be to have those bones hurting they way they must. I told her that we have been SO proud of her for how she has been battling this so far. With light in her eyes. With laughter behind her words. With a bounce in her step when she can. We keep laughing. We keep having fun. We are determined to win this with our heads held high. It's not always easy, but it helps so much to have all of you supporting us and rooting us on. I can't express in words what it feels like to have people we have never even met, whom we consider friends now. It's an amazing and very love-filled feeling!
So, I write this blog for me. I write this blog for you. I write this blog for those who we know and those we do not know. I write it to share my thoughts, our hard times and our happy moments. I write it to give hope to anyone who has just been diagnosed or knows someone who has. I write it to remind those who have battled and won about the mountain they climbed and how proud and happy they should always be to be standing on top! I write this to share with everyone our need for research and a cure! But most of all, I write this blog for Kayla. This is her story. Her battle. Her courageous fight for a long and beautiful life. A life she deserves to have... I am a very lucky mommy.