Friday, February 10, 2012

Full Circle

as the followers of this blog
will remember,
checking oxygen levels before surgery
in july
the idea of chloe's
hair loss
was difficult,
difficult for chloe,
difficult for kip and me.

the other day
the kids were at my parents'.
martha was brushing her long hair
and working on some pretty tough tangles.
"i HATE my hair," she exclaimed,
in dramatic fashion.

chloe looked up at her,
smiled confidently
and said,
"i LOVE my hair."

it felt like she came
feeling pretty groggy
full circle.

likewise, at the beginning of this journey,
when chloe's tumor was removed,
a port was placed in.
a port goes beneath the skin.
it was accessed weekly
to draw blood to check counts
and to give her chemo.

today, in a short,
20 minute surgery
that port was removed.

she had the same surgeon,
dr. robertson.
mmm...  pancakes & eggs!

we waited in the same waiting room.
again, it felt like we have come full circle.

it is not totally over.
she has a few more months of
intravenous antibiotic infusions
and scans every 3 months
for the next 3 years.

we will worry in ways
we never imagined
a year ago.

we will also celebrate
each clear scan,
each moment of victory.
we will breathe easier
if she has a fever.
we will not worry about
the implications
of a fever and a port.

and we'll have that POP
(port out party)!

come and celebrate
with us.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Yay!! Chloe is so confident and so cool! I love her. :)