Spunk and Pizzazz

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The Maintenance phase treated Atia well. Thanksgiving (2009) went off without a hitch, as did Christmas. Atia was full of spunk and pizzazz. She was very active and energetic; you wouldn't know that she received daily chemo treatments unless someone told you. She was very much a typical two year old, demanding to have things done her way and very vocal if they weren't.

Hello, Miss Bossy!

The funny thing was, I LOVED her sassiness. To me, it meant that she was well enough to have an opinion and had enough energy to tell me what she wanted - no longer the tired little girl that wanted to lie around all day.

The only bump in the road was the continued constipation. It was torture. When she was finally able to pass the stool, it was like giving birth - the crying, the pushing, the screaming would go on for hours and then... RELIEF! Within moments, she was off to play with her dolls.

We often reviewed her "Your Baby Can Read" flashcards. And at 26 months old, she had made great progress. Check out her skills!

 

Of course, I can't forget about Asher! He was a typical baby. He ate, he slept and he pooped (there I go talking about poop again, oye!). He was easy. God had blessed us with a cooperative, low maintenance child - something we desperately needed since Atia's situation was so demanding.

Around Christmas, I had my annual CT scan and thankfully it showed NO Cancer. It'd been four year since my diagnosis, amputation and treatment. I was getting closer and closer to my five year mark and I looked forward to shedding the burden. I was no longer afraid of my cancer. Well... That is, unless I really thought about it. Then, everything would come flooding back and I'd cry. So, I just tried not to think about it.

Overall, things were really looking up for our family and it was nice to feel grounded again. We were excited about 2010 and welcomed it with open arms. It HAD to be better for our family than our 2009.

Be sure to scroll down and check out all the cute pictures below!

As you know, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and there's an amazement movement happening. In ten days, 14,000 people have joined in support and raised their voices in hopes of getting Oprah's attention - including celebrities and pediatric ongologists, like Atia's doctor (who is a celebrity to me!).

If you haven't joined the Oprah Please Do A Show On Childhood Cancer - Our Kids Need Your Help page, please do so. It's easy! Just go to the Facebook page by clicking on the link above and click the "Like" button. That's all you have to do. It won't cost you a cent!

If you're on Twitter, you can keep up on the group's progress by following @PiedPiperInKC, @delprado, @Bradenshope, @abolishcancer and @laylagrace. And as always, you can follow me at @llutarewych

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