Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. Things have been going really well since we got out of the hospital for the last fever. Roxy has been having a lot of fun and swimming almost every day. She absolutely LOVES to swim. She doesn’t have pain in her back and leg when she’s swimming and she says that she feels normal again. She is so happy when she’s swimming and it makes me so happy to see her having fun. It’s been a great week!!!
We go back Wednesday for another 5 day stay for chemo. This will be our last round for the first 12 weeks. Yea! After that the doctors will do another set of scans and reevaluate Roxy. They will decide at that point if surgery is an option. If it is, they will do surgery and we will wait until Roxy recovers to start the next round of chemo. If they decide not to do surgery, we will go right into the next round of chemo. Scott and I are torn on what we hope will happen. Surgery would be nice if they could get a big part of the tumor out and relieve some of the pain and other problems, but it would be a big surgery and the recovery would be hard. If they don’t do surgery then we are just relying on the chemo to kill the tumor and we jump right back into a really tough round of chemo so that’s scary too. Luckily, we have a great team of doctors and they will make the decision for us. No matter what happens, we have 22 more weeks of chemo after these 12 weeks are over. That is definitely going to be tough. Roxy’s body gets more tired and weaker with every chemo. It’s going to be hard, but I know she can do it. She is so brave and such an amazing kid. She’s already making plans for when this is all over!!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how things work out for a reason. I’m not a super religious person, but I am starting to be more so. I think God does have a plan. Coincidence just doesn’t explain how perfectly things worked out as far as dealing with all of this goes. First of all, working at Riverside – I am so glad I accepted the teaching job 12 years ago and I’m so glad I never left (I was close to leaving when I got my principal’s license). I don’t know what we would do without our Riverside family (and the amazing friends I have made while working there). You have all done so much. We would be living on the streets without you! Also moving to this neighborhood has been so amazing. When we lived in Wickliffe, we never even talked to our neighbors. I am so thankful to everyone in our development. We have made so many friends and we are all so thankful for everything you have done. I’m also very thankful that we moved here because it forced me to find a daycare and in doing so find an absolutely amazing friend (thanks Tammy). My mom and dad getting a condo in Fairport is another huge thing. I am so lucky to have my mom here almost every day. I couldn’t do it without her and I don’t know what I would do if she wasn’t able to be so close. I’m also so thankful for the pool. We loved it last year and it was great, but I don’t know what we would do without it this year. It is really the thing that makes Roxy happy. I’m so thankful we have it and so thankful to my mother-in-law for making it possible for us to get it. I guess I just feel like everything worked out ahead of time to make dealing with all of this easier. Maybe that seems dumb to some of you, but I’m sure that others can understand. God does work in mysterious ways.
Thank you so much to everyone! We love you all and we couldn’t get through this without you!
Love,
Stacey