Last year, Erin finished her treatments the week before Christmas. I was barely able to feel the spirit of Christmas last year. Hearing Christmas music today and thinking about buying presents for our kids has brought back a flood of emotions of how hard last year was, especially around the holidays. My tears of pain eventually turned to tears of joy that we all get to be together this year as we celebrate this wonderful time of year. Erin kept asking me what was wrong, she even told me to show her my happy face. I told her that sometimes we cry when we're happy.
But, now I sit here again. Crying. I just found out that our friend's AML has relapsed. What was thought to be a mosquito bite on her arm (that didn't go away) was really a tumor on her arm. Brielle was diagnosed with AML shortly after Erin was and she received a bone marrow transplant from her sister. She will go back to Primary Children's for ANOTHER bone marrow transplant.
Please pray for Brielle Beus and her family!
Brielle & Erin at the July 2011 CureSearch Walk