Yesterday our family was gathered in our Bishop's office at church. I told the kids that if they were really good they could have a treat from his drawer. Erin looked at me with a little worry in her eyes and asked, "do I have to get poked first?" Before I could reply, our 6 year old declared that we were NOT at the hospital. Ha ha!
Erin is doing great! She has her 1 year....wait, let me say that louder....ONE YEAR check-up just a few days before Christmas. She'll do a blood test, a check-up with her Oncologist and an ECHO and EKG to check her heart (one of her chemo's can cause severe heart damage).
December 14th marks the day that Erin was released from Primary Children's from her last round of chemo. And, of course, we'll be celebrating with cake and our whole family will blow out 5 candles (like last year) in honor of all that we've overcome.
I actually should count Erin's "official" 1 year remission day as Dec. 30th, 2010. That is the day that we received the final results from Erin's last bone marrow aspirate that stated that her cancer was in complete remission, meaning they found zero cancer in her blood.
Phew! It is that first year that has been the scariest for our family because 50% of children with AML relapse. We are so grateful for the blessing that Erin is so healthy and that her cancer has stayed far away. We will continue to pray that it will always stay away. After 5 years, her chance of getting AML again becomes pretty non-existent. Only 4 years to go!
Check out this cutie!!
So yesterday for church I decided to curl Erin's hair. It was my first attempt at curling her hair since May of 2010! I'm so happy she has hair to style and it looks pretty cute if I say so myself. It took about 20 minutes to do those curls with a pencil sized curling iron and of course, a few (okay, maybe many) complaints from Erin while I reassured her that it was "fun" to curl your hair. I probably won't attempt that again for awhile...but it sure looked cute while it lasted.
Finally, the tree in the background of the picture is our Festival of Trees tree we received last year. It was so special to pull it out and decorate our living room. So many beautiful memories of so many generous people. Thank you all!