Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Treatment day 1 of Chemo

Monday Jan 3, 05. 12pm <>

Today Abby will start the long process of Chemo and other treatments that is needed to cure her of Leukemia. She is in good spirits and currently is playing with her igloo set, great present by the way Julie. I had a pretty big cry this morning; I think we all did here. Mostly from the reality setting in that today she will be starting Chemo therapy. Pretty nasty drugs really, very necessary indeed, but nasty. It just hurts to know that these chemicals will be eradicating all of her white blood cells, cancerous and normal. After I went through my box of Kleenex privately in the front seat of the van I felt better. Tiffany had her moment too, as did Vicky, when thinking about the effects of Chemo on such a little girl. I know any of us would take this burden from her if we could, I'd jump in her bed in an instant to give her back a more normal childhood... <>

But that's not how it work, not how it is suppose to be, she's one of the 3000, one of the millions more that have similar fights with different cancers. This will make us all a little different, a little better I believe; it already has changed me. I'm going to donate blood at the first chance that I get. I already need to thank 2 donors for the life that they have gifted my daughter through the units of blood they gave her. She happens to be O negative, one of the rarest blood types around. I have pretty rare blood too so hopefully, when I get a chance to give, my blood will be as precious of a gift for someone as my daughter is a gift to me. <>

Thanks again for the prayers and love, and again, please comment anywhere you like, even if it doesn't have to do with the topic. You don't have to know what to say, I don't even really know what I'd want to hear, or to that extent, what I would say... Just saying something will mean a ton to us all. <>

Till later

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Schreiber family,
I am so glad that you get to be home. Thanks for keeping all of us informed. I don't know what to say, but know that you are constantly in the back of my mind, and I will keep praying.
Take care - Amy Wyndelts