Surely God is my salvation; I will TRUST and NOT be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is MY STRENGTH and MY DEFENSE; he has become MY SALVATION. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: Give PRAISE to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what HE HAS DONE, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for HE HAS DONE glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you. Isaiah 12:2-6
After Natalia’s initial diagnosis, every time August rolls around, it brings back a flood of emotions and memories that changed my life as I knew it to be.
SIX years ago this month I heard the words “your child has cancer...” out of the doctor’s mouth, as he was fighting back his very own tears. Immediately, I was propelled into an unknown and uncertain world, moving 1000 mph, and all the while I held on to FAITH and HOPE as if our lives depended on it....because it DID.
After chemotherapy and radiation treatment, each patient is given a specific road map to follow regarding labs, imaging, and oncology drs appts. It’s a way of keeping a close eye on the disease/cancer. You start off going every month, then 3, then 6, and after five years....you follow up with oncology YEARLY!
It’s been FIVE years after her treatment and today we were told (by oncology) that we were DONE with the road map. We will be following up yearly with oncology at the late effects clinic from now on. Unfortunately, we still need to be followed closely (by specialists) because of the effects of her harsh antiquated treatment.
Our next follow up with oncology is next year in August!
P. S. To all the cancer mommas out there that have battled with your kid in the trenches....I know it feels like forever to get to your five year anniversary. HANG IN THERE!!!! It’s coming!!! I never thought I was going to get there.....but we are finally here!!!
PRAISE GOD!!! PRAISE JESUS!!! He is soooo GOOD!!I’m in awe of how God has truly and faithfully carried us through this horrifying journey....if it weren’t for Jesus!!!
May HIS will be done over Natalia’s life....always!!!