The apartment is packed and we are counting down the hours till our journey back to Kansas begins. Avery has one last radiation treatment tomorrow morning followed by her goodbye party at the Proton Center. We'd like to leave before 1 pm so we can make it to Mobile, AL at a decent time. And yes, we made reservations this time!
Avery is doing really well and we are anxious to get her to St Jude for her scans and follow up tests. Although it makes us nervous, we know it will be followed with relief once we have the "scans are clean" verdict. (atleast until October when we do it again, and every 3 months after that) We managed to get follow up appointments with everyone - including the dentist, optometrist, and hearing dr. We will have 3 very long, jam-packed days at St Jude, but it will be well worth it if we are able to leave on Friday night.
Jeremy and I are so very thankful to everyone that has helped us in the last 7 months. Our employers have been imensley patient, flexible and supportive. Our friends have truly kept us going with their calls, and texts, emails and prayers, as well as their never ending willingness to mow our lawn, take care of the dog, clean my house, and take us to the airport. And of course our families, who have from afar worked so hard to make sure we had nothing to worry about other than Avery. To everyone - the three of us are so extremely blessed to have you in our lives. I'm not sure we'll ever be able to express our gratitude to all of you, although we'll probably spend alot of time trying! While we still have a long way to go on this road, it has been a lot easier to manage with the support of all of you. Someday when Avery is older and we get to tell her about all the people that love her so much - she will be amazed, much as we have been every day since Wednesday, December 30th, 2009. This will be even more confirmed for her by the gifts and cards that are piled in her room, all expressing their support for her.
On a high note....my baby girl turns 18 months on Wednesday!
Jenn & Jeremy