This year was paradoxically the longest and fastest year of my life. One year ago today we were in New Hampshire and received the bone marrow biopsy results. Until I had those results in hand I was still holding some hope that she didn't really have leukemia, that it was just a bad virus and that we'd go home soon. As you know, that didn't turn out to be the case but it hasn't stopped us from going home and trying to get back to our "normal" lives.
The day of diagnosis, Jason and I committed to giving all that we had to help Kate fight for a cure from leukemia. We believed, then and now, that she'd achieve it but have been so impressed with how see has handled this journey. I continue to be in awe of my little girl's positive outlook, strength and determination as she gracefully fights this battle.
While I have a feeling that April 23rd will forever have significant meaning in our lives, we are now looking forward to a new date - July 4, 2009. I can speak for the entire family when I say that we can't wait for that date to replace April 23rd in importance.
Thank you to every one of her supporters, both the hands-on everyday friends and those from a far who show support with their prayers and words of encouragement. The journey to this point has been manageable because of you.