Today is a milestone day in the life of this now 16-year-old as it was on this day in 2004 that Nick was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.).
I’ll save you the math. Nick was 4-years-old when he was diagnosed.
His treatment lasted 2.5 years and finished on June 15th, 2007.
Here is a glimpse of Nick‘s journey through the words of his mother, Missy, who wrote this morning: “12 years ago today we began a long trip through chemo, lumbar punctures and bone marrow aspirations. Our journey now consists of annual long-term survivor appointments and yet I have a part of me that still worries “what if” the cancer comes back.”
No matter how far removed from treatment or how long a child has been a survivor, every childhood cancer patient parent ALWAYS has that same “what if” question in their mind. That fear subsides, but never truly goes away.
On today’s run, a scheduled 60-90 minute aerobic paced jaunt, I was joined by childhood cancer survivor Breean Abigail who rode a bike next to me. I was only planning to run 7 miles, but the weather was beautiful, my pace kept decreasing (9:29, 9:14, 9:25, 9:13, 9:11, 8:52, 8:50, 8:37) and I was enjoying the conversation with Breean so we decided to look at the majestic homes on Friar Tuck Rd which extended the run to 8.5 miles total.
It was a magnificent run for Nick today.
Who will you meet tomorrow?