Well, it's official! We have two weeks left in our current phase and then we will begin Maintenance! Lord willing, we will stay on this for the next year and a half of treatment. Maintenance brings many good things to our lives: clinic only once a month (yay!), spinals are only every 3 months, and the treatment is lighter and more gentle.
However, there are some scary things about Maintenance. Mainly the fear of relapsing. The treatment is lighter but with the light treatment comes a possibility of the leukemia returning. As with this whole journey, it's in God's hands and He is faithful!
So...Kari and I have been planning our spring and summer. On her list is the MAKE A WISH TRIP!! WOOHOO! We have been approved and we are waiting for an interview date where they will ask Kari what her wish is. Kari has said that she wants to go to the ocean to swim for a whole week and take her BFFs Macey and Kyndall with her. Chrissy, we have GOT to get you all there!! :)
A few more things on her list: fishing, riding a boat, picnics in the park, planting flowers outside, getting a new bike (she has one picked out at walmart that she is begging for), and a load of other things that I can't remember. Our summer was cut short last year since she was diagnosed July 8th. I'm praying that our spring and summer is all that she hopes it will be!
Kari is doing pretty good right now. Her counts are low but they seem to fluctuate pretty regularly lately. They may be 800 today and 5000 the next??! Malachi is doing very well...he is talking so much now (definitely my child) and it's hilarious to listen to him. He and Kari are getting to that stage where they like to "bicker" about who plays with what toy but, most of the time, they get along great. Malachi adores his big sister and usually lets her get by with whatever. As you can tell by this picture:
She got a new dress and has been wearing it around the house for days since it's too cold to wear it outside right now. She liked it so much she decided to share with her brother. :) Yes, I'm aware that he will NOT like me when he gets older and sees that picture. But it's hilarious.
I like this cartoon my friend, Kelli, sent me the other day:
So true. :)
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