Monthly Archives: March 2015

Superheroes come in all sizes

Our little Superhero at Radiation Graduation in Dec 2014

Our little Superhero at Radiation Graduation in Dec 2014

As I scrolled through my facebook feed tonight, I came across one of our wonderful Aaron1friend’s from Jacksonville. It was a post full of pictures of Aaron, a fellow proton radiation patient. His beautiful bright smile looks the same. That same smile that used to brighten my day each time I saw him in the halls at proton or the Ronald McDonald House. This time was surrounded by his schoolmates and teachers all dressed like Superheroes.

Aaron3Apparently Aaron’s school decided to declare Superhero Day in honor of Aaron. I don’t know many details, but was touched by Aaron’s army of support. How wonderful for our buddy Aaron to know that he is doing something “Super” with all of his courage going through cancer treatments.

I was surprised to feel my eyes get moist as I remembered that this whole cancer thing does take a superhero to go through. We’ve had a few hard days lately with AJ looking pale, getting tipsy, lethargic, etc etc. All the same signs that helped us lead to his first diagnosis. BUT ALSO, all the same signs that a 2 year old gets when gets sick, or is just tired, or dizzy. Aaron4It is so hard to know the difference and even harder NOT to know if there is a difference. On Monday, after a particularly “sick AJ day”, I found myself rocking him back and forth with big tears coming down my cheeks. Tears of extreme gratitude and great fear. I know AJ’s future is in the hands of the Lord, with some help from wonderful doctors.

Yes, we are doing WONDERFULLY well. AMAZING. Some days we forget cancer even has a place in our family. But then there are Aaron2moments, sometimes hours, and rarely days, that are still hard. Days that end with Michael and I kneeling together to pray at night, and plead with our Father in Heaven that the small ailments AJ is showing are “please please just the flu… and if not, IMG_4237bless us with peace, patience, and guidance”. And then we wake up, and we are refreshed to go back to regular life until the next dizzy spell or fever or MRI (our next one is April 27th).

The last picture I saw of Aaron today was of him running through a tunnel of schoolmates all chanting his name. Some school’s just “get it”. Way to use this trial of cancer not only as a way to boost Aaron, but to show the other kids how to be supportive and empathetic to others.

Aaron, you are a superhero and we are proud of this battle you are valiantly fighting! We all miss you (especially Houston)!