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Spring is on it's way. I noticed the sun was still shining at 5:30 pm. I usually get over excited when I know Spring is on it's way. I call my husband just to tell him I see flowers starting to peek up through the dirt....but this Spring will be different. It's the first Spring Sophie will spend with Cancer and the first Spring I will be without my mother, because of CANCER...Cancer. That word has such a stigma attached to it. Such a yucky feeling when read or said out loud. Sophie started a…

Spring is on it's way. I noticed the sun was still shining at 5:30 pm. I usually get over excited when I know Spring is on it's way. I call my husband just to tell him I see flowers starting to peek up through the dirt....but this Spring will be different. It's the first Spring Sophie will spend with Cancer and the first Spring I will be without my mother, because of CANCER...Cancer. That word has such a stigma attached to it. Such a yucky feeling when read or said out loud. Sophie started a…

Your mind is a garden your thoughts are the seeds 13"w x 17"h hand-painted wood sign

Your Mind Is a Garden..Your Thoughts are Seeds... You can Grow Flowers... or you can Grow Weeds... Learn more by reading: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Sophie painted Batman for her Daddy. She's doing petty good right now. Her hair is growing back and has the cutest little pixie do ever! Her playroom she wished for through Make a Wish is complete and she spends hours up there! I'll post photos. She still has her ups and downs. She takes a pretty big dose (5 & 1/2 pills) of oral methotrexate on Friday nights and she feels pretty blah the next few days after. But otherwise, she's fightin' like a champ! She's my hero.

Making cupcakes with Daddy. Today, March 3, 2013 is her baby brother, Jagger's first birthday. I can't believe it. Sophie's birthday is the 16th, so we are having a combined bday party for the both of them next weekend. Also, we/SHE got through the first week of Delayed intensification. It's 57 days long... Still got a LONG ways to go. The steroids got to her right away this time. We had to ask the dr for something, anything to help her. The poor thing was screaming, out of her mind and just…

Each bead on this necklace, excluding the ones that spell her name, stand for a procedure, treatment, clinic visit, etc she has had in the last month.....that's a lot for anyone to go through, but especially a three year old. But here we are, we made it through the first phase of treatment, which is called Induction. It's been scary, stressful, heartbreaking and downright awful. We still have a long, long way to go. It isn't fair. To her. She's going through this, not us. We sit helplessly…

A few days before the life changing news. She was saying her "face hurt" and was running a temp between 100 and 102 for about three days. Call it motherly instinct, but I felt something just was not "right" for a while. Maybe three months or so. Mo, my husband took her to the ER on Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 thinking maybe it was a sinus infection or possibly strep throat. By Tuesday the 23rd, we were in an ambulance on our way to Children's Hospital Denver.

Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. To get an idea of what a child with cancer goes through, take a look at this infographic that takes you through a typical treatment plan for a child diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).