My Favorite Scar
Recently, some friends and I have discussed positive language. In the midst of a three-year long cancer treatment it takes even extra focus to remain positive. In the past month, yes, it has already been a month, I have heard “I hate this cancer,” “Cancer is a monster,” and other such things like this. When she was first diagnosed I made a promise to myself to find as much positive as possible. Everyone knows what the worst outcome could be, so why dwell on the small stuff. Expect the best outcome and be open to receiving the best outcome.
For example, this is my favorite scar.
This scar will travel with Isa to her favorite European city. This scar will go on the Appalachian Trail with Isa. This scar will be with her when she graduates from college.
This scar represents all the life saving measures that the doctors performed to save her life. Starting with Dr. Sue Stack. Without her quick diagnosis and referral to The Children’s Hospital, we could have wasted time treating symptoms rather than the disease.
Therefore, this is my favorite scar. Only an inch or so long, and just now about an eighth of an inch across.
The doctors use years of experience, testing, trial and error to create treatment plans for children. Because Isa’s blood counts were in the mid-range, she is considered standard-therapy. (I apologize if this is not exactly right.) From the way I understand it there are three range–Low, Standard and High protocols.