Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's the "Little" Things

In all honesty, Georgia's had a tough time of it the past month or so - the first rough patch she's had in a long time, certainly since she started maintenance a year ago. Between regular growing pains, the joint pains caused by her medicines, and the rigors of a long day at school, her legs and feet have been sore almost constantly, and it's hard for her to walk at times. Yesterday, she woke up feeling exhausted (after sleeping a good part of the three-day weekend), and we decided that we needed to get her counts checked. It turns out that her ANC was 270 - but with good indications of it being on the way up - so yes, I bet she does feel terrible! After going over all of the trouble spots since her last appointment, Dr. Neff said she needed a break, so we're holding her chemotherapy meds until her next appointment in two weeks. That should give her time for her counts to recover and for her legs to shake off some of these effects. She's starting swim class twice a week next week, so that should really help - she IS a fish, you know.

All that said, we are so grateful for how well she's adjusting to school, participating in her care, and just forging ahead, through it all. Especially after watching her struggle these last few weeks, it was cause for celebration (Who? Us?) when we actually had something to point to for making her feel so puny (extremely low white count) and even better, a way to fix it (hold the chemo, please)! Very often on this journey, when we encounter bumps in the road, there aren't any real answers to the "What" and "Why" questions. We have to be satisfied with "We're not sure." and "It depends." and just ride out whatever it is until it passes. So to have such a productive appointment - and the opportunity to let Georgia's body and mind recharge for a couple of weeks - is such a gift. One that we do not take lightly, no matter how "little" it may seem.

Little things mean a lot, right? And when you put a bunch of little things together, you end up with one big thing, right? Well, consider this message from our friends at CureSearch:

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we can double your gift! For every dollar donated through September 30, several of our most generous supporters have pledged to match the same amount, up to a total of $100,000! That means, with your participation, we can provide $200,000 to children’s cancer researchers – those working tirelessly to make treatment possible and a cure probable.

The Austin CureSearch Walk is September 24th, so now your generous donation to The Peachy Keens can do double duty! We're just about $600 away from our goal - if everybody gives just a little, we can make it!

1 comment:

  1. That's a very inspiring attitude. Sorry to hear you're in a rough patch, Georgia. We all are praying that you will come sailing out of it swimmingly, very soon. How's your new school?!