Today marks four years since Mollie was diagnosed with preB cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. June 17, 2008 seems like ages ago, but as I was recounting the story to a new friend the other day, I was surprised at how quickly all those intense feelings came flooding right back. I still think about Mollie's diagnosis and treatment almost every day- whether it's interacting with the friends from oncology clinic, worrying about some symptom that one of the kids has, or just running across some paperwork or memento.
I know Mollie also experiences some intense emotions related to her cancer. She doesn't like to talk about her leukemia to anyone except us- I think it is too hard for her to keep her feelings inside. She is proud to be a survivor, but for now that's about all that she wants to share with most people.
Four years from diagnosis, and more than a year off of treatment, Mollie is doesn't show too many outward signs of her 2.5 years of chemo. Her hair is much longer and thicker than it has ever been. She still has some balance and weakness issues in her legs; it is improving (especially with dance classes). At the moment, she has a nasty cough that has been slowly improving (too slowly for me!). We have seen the doc twice, but antibiotics are not helping. We have her regular oncology appointment with Dr. J on Tuesday- I will feel better after talking with him.
School's out, we are getting ready for our big cross country move, and we are enjoying late spring in North Carolina- chasing fireflies, spending evenings at the pool, and picking wild blackberries, honeysuckle, and Queen Anne's lace.
Happy Father's Day! My three are missing their Daddy and can't wait to see him next week!
Will update again after clinic...