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.