Yearly MRI's are not something that you look forward to as a patient or a parent. Every year two weeks prior to our daughters exam I find myself very tense - nightmares occur and my overall demeanor changes. Even though you have faith - you are HUMAN and the fear of the unknown can be overwhelming to say the least. You hold on to the hope that every year you will hear the report of - "STABLE - CLEAN - NO SIGN OF REOCCURRENCE". Last night we were able to rejoice - cancer came to destroy Lauren on November 23, 2005 in the form of stage 3 medulloblastoma - but she won the battle!! After 10 1/2 years of holding our breathing - praying and everything else that a parent does when your child is going through something that you can't fix - we were given the final report that she would no longer be a patient at CHKD - no more brain scans - she beat it! 10 1/2 years ago our life came to a stop as we stood beside Lauren in the battle of her life and last night it stopped again - but this time there were tears of joy! One of the things that we have learned is to appreciate each day you are given - and to stop and celebrate moments along the way. I can not even describe the weight that was finally lifted off of my shoulders - but at the same time carrying the weight of those that are still in need. It is out of our own experiences and stories that have been shared with us by others along our journey - that helping those battling pediatric cancers will forever be something we do.
Lauren is pictured here with Dr. Bevan - not only her oncologist for 11 years - but now our family.....so grateful!