Shylah is Amazing!

Shylah’s journey and battle with cancer continues, but we could not be more proud of the progress she has made and feel immensely blessed and grateful for her improving health and wellness.

This morning I felt the urge to share after Facebook sent me one of those, “here what was happening a year ago today” messages and it was a post on Shylah on June 25th. Shylah was in the hospital…battling. She had fevered (after an intense chemo treatment and her immune system collapsed) and we had to go in, get admitted and stay until her immune system was in good enough shape to go back out into the world. Nobody misses those days, but yesterday’s Facebook post was a such a stark contrast to our Shylah today and such an encouragement to me, that I wanted to share this encouragement with all of you too.

June 25, 2105
June 25, 2105 – With grammy at UC Davis Children’s hospital.
June 4, 2016
June 16, 2016 – With grammie at our house reading a story.

Shylah is amazing and she is doing so well. She is still taking chemo everyday. However, this maintenance phase of her treatment is a far cry from the intensive rounds of last year. Rather than once a week visits to the cancer clinic we are now only going once a month for her infusions.

Father's Day 2015
Father’s Day 2015
Father's Day 2016
Father’s Day 2016

Shylah will continue her treatment through February of 2017. At this point, she has come so far, eight more months seems like nothing. She can do it and we’re so proud of how she’s done through all of this.

After February, we will be in the “wait and see” phase. This is a different, but equally stressful phase because you can help but feel like the process should be over. You think, “she should be “free from” cancer,” and be able to move on, but as many who have been through this process know, they won’t say that until she hits the 5 year mark; October of 2019.

Shylah and Tarah after her dance recital.

Today marks day 629 since her diagnosis. With all of your prayerful support, care and concern, we tackle each day knowing that things could change, but grateful for what we’ve been given. Everyday is a gift with Shylah. With the help of God, her doctors and nurses she has done an amazing job fighting off this disease. Our faith, family and friends have helped carry us through some pretty dark days, stressful moments and disorienting experiences.

Thank you for your continued messages, texts and emails of support, questions and care. I want to write more often than I do, but it is really a reflection of keeping up with three active kids and a busy family schedule. A wonderful problem to have.

“His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” – Psalm 147: 10-11