Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Six Years Ago Today...

Six years ago today, Kennedy was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Just a few days ago, I was reading back on her old caringbridge page through those first days after diagnosis. I read through the messages of love and support from friends, family and strangers all over the world. I read between the lines of my posts to the fear that was hiding just underneath the surface. I read through the first days of her chemotherapy when she was SO sick... (and I was so pregnant!). And it brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the day that her hair first started falling out... I cried while I changed her sheets to get the loose strands out of her sight. One of our most favorite care partners came in, saw what I was doing and jumped in to help as she cried with me.

I remember being so overwhelmed as the doctors handed me this huge book about "Your Child and Cancer." That's a sentence that should never go together. Ever. While it was hard relive the nightmare of those first few weeks and months, I never want to forget what it was like. I never want to take life for granted or forget to cherish each moment...

But today we celebrate. We celebrate Kennedy's life. We will always remember the doctors and nurses who helped her fight, and we will remember all the friends we made along the way... those still with us and those in Heaven. I will always be thankful for their lives and try to honor their memory however I can. More than anything, today I thank God for this precious gift He gave us when He gave us Kennedy. We are so blessed.

Six years, baby! Keep on rockin' it! 

9 comments :

Mundane Momma said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful milestone!! Kennedy, you are so beautiful!

Stephanie said...

How awful that must have been! Kennedy is definitely a treasure.

Anne B. said...

Is she beautiful or what??!??! BLessings, sweet girl, for all that you have survived and for all that you will be!! Renee,it feels like just yesterday that you were posting on that milestone 5 year mark...where did this past year go?? (((BIG BIG HUGS))))!!!

Notsopc said...

She always makes me smile...
Nancy

BridgetPirie said...

Wow, I never realised that Pete and Kennedy were diagnosed so close together. Tomorrow is Pete's 6th anniversary of being diagnosed with leukaemia as well, but ALL instead of AML. And unfortunately, Pete is still fighting. I don't know if you are interested in following his FB page, but it is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Pirie-space-ranger/141609889350855
I'm so glad that Kennedy is doing so great. She is the prettiest, smartest wee girl. I look at her and see so much potential. And I love how amazing she is.
Anyway, all the best to you all. I always love reading your blog but haven't commented for a long time.
Bridget

lmworley416 said...

Hard to believe it's been 6 years. And I'd forgotten you received the news on the 12th anniversary of my losing my youngest son. Thanking the Lord that she's doing so well!Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
Isaiah 43:1-3a But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel...
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ourjoyfulljourney said...

That's right Kennedy! Keep Rockin' it! God is good and He has great plans for Kennedy! Praise Him for getting you all thru this! :)

Holly Aytes said...

ok she is gorgeous! seriously, it is a good thing Frank has military training...he is going to need it when she gets to be the dating age!

babyofsix said...

I am so glad to see Kennedy thriving! I remember going through the journey with you through your Caring Bridge page and hoping and praying that we would see these pictures of her today. What a long road that was... and look where you are now! :)