September 13, 2009

Look at the progress she's made!

Going through some of our old videos this afternoon I came across this from March. This is what Madeleine's walk used to look like:

video

And now:


video

What a difference six months and a lot of physical therapy make!

September 5, 2009

September: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month






You may have to click on the picture to read the text.

Once again Chili's is donating 100% of their profits on Monday, September 28th to St. Jude hospital. No child at St. Jude is ever denied treatment because of their family's inability to pay. Also, all through September you can dine at Chili's, color a pepper, and add a donation of your choice onto your bill. We ate at Chili's last night, and definitely plan on going on the 28th!


September 2, 2009

Pairs

This is my week:




















I am watching my friend's daughter every day this week (and three days a week most weeks). This is an arrangement that I'm very happy with because it gives the girls a friend to play with, and it's also good practice for things like sharing and taking turns. Mad is having a hard time with these concepts, but I hope with practice that she'll get it. We're also dog sitting our favorite Basset Hound (don't tell Humphrey!) this week. So that makes two kids and two dogs. I like to have things in matched pairs. Today was my first outing with all four of them, and it was challenging. I have a new respect for moms and dads of multiple children!


And dog parents of more than one dog!

September 1, 2009

MRI results

The results from last week's MRI show that the tumor is stable, and has not grown any since the last MRI - This is great news!!
The hospital is now classifying Madeleine as "off therapy." This doesn't really mean anything different for us, except that we are closer and closer to "cancer survivor," and "cancer-free" status. It's a great place to be.

The Off Therapy Transition Coordinator that I spoke with reminded me that there are a lot of college scholarships for kids that went through cancer treatment. So, we have that to look forward to. This isn't the way that I would go about securing a college scholarship, but if it works out that way I won't complain. This, coupled with the fact that Madeleine can now count to 14 means that she is Harvard bound!