Billy’s HealingStrong Journey
In March 2010, my daughter Elise, age 24, was diagnosed with cancer. This shocking revelation began a journey filled with questions, tears, and incredible courage. The weeks following would become a blur of doctor appointments, radiation therapies, biopsies, and several rounds of chemotherapy. As the severity of the disease became more apparent, a feeling of helplessness settled into our daily lives. Her Mom, older sister Sarah, and I were all understandably shaken. Elise, though, never lost her resolve or sense of humor. Her courage during this time was truly inspirational. As the weeks turned into months the “grind” began to take its toll. All of the summer of 2010 was spent going to the hospital or coming from it. Elise was wearing down due to the chemo treatments. In July, however, we celebrated her 25th birthday in her hospital room. The room was decorated for a party, and the mood was festive; Elise had a wonderful day.
Every day our family would cling to any positive news. Little rays of hope kept us going. As summer gave way to fall, Elise’s condition began to deteriorate. Any hope the family had was […]