BENEFITING: 3 LITTLE BIRDS 4 LIFE
On January 26, 201llife as I knew it was about to completely change. I was super busy and happy at that point. I was running a thriving and growing Preschool and Kindergarten together with my husband, as well as organizing many other programs and events in the Central Phoenix area. Add to that, the constant demands and joys of a growing family- suffice it to say, we were not bored. On that sunny Arizona Thursday morning, we walked into the doctor's office to hear the devastating news that I had Leukemia- a specifically aggressive form called AML- acute myeloid Leukemia. The next year of my life was to be filled with doctor's appointments, blood tests, bone marrow biopsies, chemotherapy treatments, blood and platelet transfusions, and perhaps the biggest of them all, a stem cell transplant in May.
Overnight I went from being super involved, to not even present. My first round of treatment began with a five week stay at the hospital, starting on Friday the day after my diagnosis, with my children being able to come visit me just one time. My children watched as their close friends and relatives took small family outings, went on family trips, even long vacations,(last summer they missed a family trip to Disneyland) only to come home and if they were lucky, to see me in bed, if not still at the hospital.
Throughout this past year there have been many challenges. If I were to have to choose the greatest of them all- it would be not being able to be there whenever I want to be, and wherever I could be, for my children. The challenge of keeping my children happy, innocent, carefree and young; the way they were before their lives were struck by cancer.