Monday, January 20, 2014

No Mo Chemo-One Year Later

One year ago, the last bit of chemo went into Reid's body.  It was an exciting day, but it was a scary day also.  We did not know what the future held, but we were so happy to be done with the excruciating 7 rounds of inpatient chemo.  Sleeping in a hospital for 3 nights straight every 3 weeks does a lot to tax a body and mind. 

They say, "That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger", and that is very true.  We are stronger in a lot of ways.  But most importantly, we are still alive.  I really thought that I would die at points. But when your child is in need of you to be strong emotionally and physically, you somehow find the strength to put one foot in front of the other.

The last year has been emotional, exciting, and happy.  Our trips to St. Jude have been emotional. (I doubt that will ever change) Reid's new beginnings in school and learning new things have been exciting.  And the day to day life of getting back to normal have been so very happy.

January 2013--Reid finished chemo at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge

February 2013--Travelled back to St. Jude for first set of post treatment scans and surgery

March 2013--Reid turned 4 years old

April 2013--Celebrated Reid's birthday with a huge birthday celebration at our house

May 2013--Wyatt traveled to St. Jude with us for Reid's 3 month scans

June 2013--Went on a Disney Cruise for Reid's Make a Wish trip

July 2013--Celebrated Wyatt's 12th birthday with friends

August 2013--Traveled to St. Jude for Reid's 6 month scans
This is a chest CT where Reid is awake.  He has an MRI each time as well that lasts for 1 1/2 hours. He is sedated for the MRI.

September 2013--Reid started Pre K at Crosspoint

October 2013--Monsoon Halloween with our friends at the compound
November 2013--Traveled to St. Jude for Reid's 9 month scans; Reid learned to ride a 2 wheel bike while we were at the Ronald McDonald house

December 2013--Traveled to Memphis for the St. Jude marathon; Runnin' for Reid raised $20,000 for St. Jude

On this day one year ago, the verse of the day on the Bible app was the following. "Bless the Lord , O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle." Psalm 103:2 This verse is a promise that I continue to cling to on a daily basis.

We travel to St. Jude one month from today on February 20 for Reid's ONE YEAR post treatment scans.  After that, his schedule will go from every 3 months to every 6 months.  I can't tell you what a DRAMATIC difference that will make in our lives.  We are so thankful! As always, we covet your prayers for our boy.  Please pray LIFE for him! I pray all of the time one simple thing, "Please God, let Reid outlive me!" None of us are guaranteed tomorrow! We should all live with JOY in each and every day knowing that we are not promised another day on this earth! As always, we are so thankful for each and every one of you who has covered Reid in prayer!