Radiation is Finished!!

I am pleased to report that after 8 consecutive sessions, spanning 10 days, our Superhero is FINISHED with her Radiation Treatments!!!  She had 3 treatments while she was an inpatient 2 weeks ago, then had 5 consecutive treatments on an outpatient basis M-F last week.  As always, she handled it like a boss!

(Lizzy and Mommy with Lizzy’s End of Radiation Certificate)

On the last day, the technician said to Lori and me, “Lizzy is one of the most well-behaved, sweetest little girls we’ve ever treated.  She was a joy every time she came”.  Yep, that’s our Lizzy – spreading joy everywhere she goes.  Even in the radiation center.

And when you finish radiation, you get to Bang the Gong!

Each day as we sat in the radiation center, it was obvious that Lizzy was SIGNIFICANTLY younger than every other patient in the place.  By a long shot!  And when Lizzy would walk into the room, the mood just immediately went up.  Other patients’ family members would look at Lizzy and smile, then turn to their loved one and say things like “do you see that pretty little girl?”  And those other patients, even though they had their own battle to fight against cancer, they would look at Lizzy.  And I could see it in their eyes – as if their thoughts were written in plain sight on their faces.  They were thinking – “if that pretty little girl can fight this big ugly fight with joy and laughter and hope, then maybe I can too.”  And they would sit up a little straighter in their chairs.  And you could see them physically take a deep breath, as if to say, “Ok, I can do this.  I can fight this fight.  If she can do it, so can I”.

Isn’t that amazing?

Let’s be very honest here.  This is not easy.  Not for Lizzy, not for Lori and me, or Treasure or Colson or our entire family.  It is hard.  And it hurts.  And there are days where I just don’t think I can handle it.  But then Lizzy walks in the room.  And she smiles that beautiful smile and those big brown eyes look at me and she’s ready for whatever the next adventure is.  That adventure might be playing a game, or riding her bike, or jumping on the trampoline, or just general mischief (her favorite!), but it really doesn’t matter what the adventure is.  It’s the fact that she is looking forward to it.  She’s excited about it.  She is embracing the now.  The Urgency of Now.

I wrote about that once before – The Urgency of Now – but Lizzy just keeps showing me over and over and over what it looks like.  The Urgency of Now.  Carpe Diem – Seize the Day.  Or a more literal translation of “Pluck the Day”, or Enjoy the Moment.  The current moment is all we have.  Seize it.  Grab it for all its worth.

I continue to be amazed by this little girl – I never knew I could learn so much from a 5 year old.

12 Replies to “Radiation is Finished!!”

  1. I am happy this part is over. It is so wonderful to hear how God is using Lizzy with her beautiful smile to help others. She is such a blessing. I continue to pray for Lizzy and your family.

  2. I think we all have fallen for beautiful Lizzy. I have the greatest admiration for her spirit. It’s like I’m not letting this let me down & she smiles. So very proud of Lizzy ; continue to fight . We are all praying & know God is with you & your family.

  3. God truly picked the right parents to help and watch over this little angel. Continued prayers for all of you as you travel this path you have been destined for. Love from our family.

  4. God knew what he was doing bringing Lizzy into your lives. She’s truly amazing & so is the Brooks family. I can just see everyone being lifted up by her presence, she’s contagious with her big brown eyes & her smile. Love & prayers continued for you all!

  5. So glad the radiation is over! God has his hand on that sweet little girl. Continuing to lift up Lizzy and your family in my prayers!

  6. So very thankful Lizzy’s treatment plan is going as recommended with the least amount of side effects. Thank you Dennis and Lori, for sharing your feelings! Your writing has become a powerful means to connect us all and reminds us to be mindful of our deepest hopes and dreams each day. When we realize what is really important to us, we can use that as a compass for living intentionally everyday. Sweet Lizzy with her contagious smile and bright eyes has touched so many and is a shining example of living life intentionally !

    Love You Brooks family!

  7. So happy all this is behind you all. Been there and done it, with my husband, not long ago. I hope for Lizzy the best and pray all this is over for her.

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