This weekend, Kelsey attended her first wedding. The stunning bride and her handsome groom are family, and the occasion was very special for each of us.
Filled with emotion and joy for the couple, we realized how long it has been for a family wedding overall.
Perhaps it is because Kelsey resembles the bride or just because Kelsey was present, but for a few moments, a conversation returned to make the day even more emotional for our family.
When Kelsey was two years old and we were still unsure of her body’s pain, we had a specific biopsy planned. It was scheduled for an upper thigh lymph node. However, when we met with the pediatric surgeon for our pre-surgical visit, he started reviewing her neck and talking to us about how he would try to use a natural fold in that area.
Young and afraid parents, we remember vividly asking a naive question about the scar and it’s constant reminder of Kelsey’s battle. “What about her wedding day,” we questioned.
He turned to us and said one the most powerful responses of our lives. It was a statement that changed our perspective overall.
“Keep in mind, our goal is to get her to see her wedding day.”
Our efforts remain strong and progress for her disease has been made. When Kelsey has great days and weeks, it is easy to want to forget about that day.
We can never actually forget that line nor our commitment to that milestone and many more…