There's something quite monumental happening to my family in the next week. As you may know, my eldest daughter Elizabeth has been treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia over the last two years. On Wednesday she will going to hospital for her last lumbar puncture, a procedure she is very much used to by now, and on Thursday she will receive her last dose of intravenous chemotherapy.
Looking back...Elizabeth has come a long way since our early experiences. Her handling of being prodded and poked by Doctors and Nurses over the course of treatment makes me a very proud parent. She's definitely a young girl who is wise beyond her years and she just takes in all in her stride. I think it may have something to do with how we rewarded her following these horrible procedures.
As it's such a big deal, we've decided to have her younger sister Alison there with us on Thursday, so as a family we can share the joyous experience. The ward itself has a bell that patients can ring loudly to announce their end of treatment, a huge positive feeling that I hope will reverberate to other families on the ward and show them that the fight against cancer is winnable.
To celebrate further, we have been granted special leave from the girls' school to take them to Disneyland Paris at the end of next week. I'm very much looking forward to our week away (mainly because we don't have to review this holiday!) and being able to don my Buzz Lightyear hoodie without fear of sticking out like a sore thumb.
So this post is just to say well done to Elizabeth! Also, well done to Alison for coping with everything that has happened and thank you to Laura for being so strong. The end is in sight!