He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:29-31

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The day is coming

I haven't posted much lately. Seems like we're just too busy living life and I like that. We have a ton of plans for the summer which include the beach, the pool, relaxing and a very special vacation. You see, it's time. Joshua is finishing up with treatment. We're ready to put the cancer behind us and move ahead. We're ready to not only start a new chapter in life, but a whole new book. While we'll never be able to forget about the cancer and while Joshua will have to have follow up appointments his whole life, we can put the blood draws, blood counts, spinal taps and chemo behind us. We can let him walk into a store without wearing a mask or take a vacation and not have to worry about how close the hospital is to us. Some of this things will happen right away and some are still down the road, but they are coming.

It all begins two days after the twins 5th birthday, when on June 22nd Joshua will have his last spinal tap. I lost count at some point but this is something like number 25 or so. While in the OR, they will also remove the port from his chest. That is a big deal. Then Joshua will receive his chemo through an IV for the last two months and on August 10th, he will receive his LAST chemo treatment. We mean it this time. His LAST one! And just like any athlete who has completed a marathon of a race, we're going to celebrate. "Joshua, you've just finished 4 and a half years of kicking cancer's butt. How do you want to celebrate?" Well friends. We're going to Disney World!