On this day two years ago, we were just like you. We knew of people in our lives who had battled cancer but it wasn’t our story. We were healthy adults with healthy children. Tillery had only ever been to the doctor for well checks. Then, at her 15-month checkup, her doctor made some referrals to specialists to try to determine why she was physically delayed and included in those referrals was an appointment for an MRI to “rule things out”.
On this day two years ago, we dropped Tillery off at school, like every morning. I reminded her teachers that she would be out the following day because she had a doctor appointment. I told Luke’s teacher that my mom might pick him up the next day if Tillery’s appointment ran late.
On this day two years ago, we discussed how nervous we were about having Tillery be put under anesthesia. It seemed like such a scary thing to leave your child with a medical team and then have to walk away. What a heartbreaking thing for a parent to prepare for!
On this day two years ago, we were just like you.
Then, the next day, we took our daughter to a hospital for the first time ever. We held her as she was put under anesthesia for the first time ever. We left her with a medical team for the first time ever. We sat in a waiting room waiting for word about our daughter for the first time ever. We became a cancer family for the first time ever.
But, on this day two years ago, we were just like you.
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