Friday, February 03, 2012

Good News

Chloe's CT scans came back clear.  An exam and a review of the scans was previously scheduled for next Friday, but we were able to take care of all of it yesterday morning while we were at clinic.  Instead she's scheduled to have her port removed on the 10th.
Chloe rocks the pinball at Jonny B's

It's great news.  We're excited about it.  Yet, we're wondering when our hearts will catch up with our brains and we'll fully be able to feel the extent of how great it is.

Chloe's oncologist showed us slices from her CT scans from yesterday in comparison to July 7, the day she was admitted to the hospital.  It's still a little hard to fathom how she could have had something so huge (roughly 13cm x 13cm x 13cm) inside of her (that wasn't supposed to be there) and we had no clue.

Once her port is out, we'll be able to return to "normal" life.  But what is normal for our family now?  Chloe's cancer has changed our family in more ways than we know how to describe.

Playing pinball at our lunchtime celebration
It's not that we not thankful, grateful, and relieved.  But I think we're all so exhausted.  And maybe shell-shocked would be the word for it.  At least the four oldest members of the H-A family.  Last week Martha burst into tears when she found out that Chloe would be going back in for scans every three months for a few years.  It was a "wait, this isn't really over?" sort of response.  I think we're all wondering when we can truly exhale.

Enjoying a celebratory cake
That said, Chloe is doing great.  Her hair continues to grow, she's gaining weight, there's color in her cheeks again.  Others have commented that she seems to have "her spark" back again.  For that we are so thankful. 

Last week, our neighbor Ellen pronounced Chloe a member of "Team Fun."  After caring for her so intensely for the past seven months, we're hoping that some of Chloe's Team Fun spirit will rub off on the the rest of us.  Heaven knows we could use it.


Nancy said...

Wonderful news! I've been thinking about you much today and am so happy you received this all-clear report.

heather pietrowski said...

How awesome to hear..thanks for sharing your story. The smiles on your kids faces show true happiness of the moment. The " moment" is what we have:) Take it!!

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Erin said...

What wonderful news. I have been following your blog about Chloe since I am a Wilms' survivor myself. I am approaching 29 years at the end of this month since I was diagnosed.

Keeping you in my prayers!

Ellen said...

Hooray for TEAM FUN!!!! :)

Tonia said...

My girls are ready to join Chloe in helping the fun to rub off on the other HAs. Hugs, kisses, books and pet love to all of you from all us!

Unknown said...

Team Fun!

T. Maynard said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah! What great news! Keep celebrating, living life and creating memories. Your family is such an inspiration to others. Keep on, keeping on!

Ingrid said...

Praise God! I'm so happy to hear the wonderful news!