Out of 3 daughters Mimi is our middle child, older sister Iza by 3 minutes and a younger sister Magi by 3 years. Mimi was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on August 12, 2009. After 2 years, 2 months and 26 days on November 6th, 2011 she took her last chemo pill and is considered OFF Treatment! This is our story of our journey through childhood cancer.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Reporting from Tantrum Central...

You would never know it looking at the above picture that Mimi screamed, cried and pouted for 45 minutes or more all while getting dressed to go outside, during the car ride, and in the middle of the park. And yes she has lots of reasons to scream. But today it was because first NONE of her shirts felt right they were all "bugging" her, then the straps of her car seat were "not normal" and after all that she no longer wanted to be outside she wanted to be home. There is probably a book out there that tells you how to deal with a cancer child who is throwing a fit, but I have not had time to find it or read it so today I was just winging it. That is what I do I wing it. I let her scream and yell, I think she needed to get it out and she was not harming anything or anyone, although I think all the animals who were hibernating have left the park today. I simply told her why she needed to get dressed, why the car seat straps had to be there, and we were at the park to have fun. I did that as calm as a parent who might also loose it could. She did not have to have fun she could sit in the stroller and wait for her sisters to be done and we would go home. She did realize she wanted to have fun when she saw Iza and Magi on the see-saw and we ended up having a great time at the park. With a picture and a new rock collection to prove it.

I think part of why she is feeling like this (aside from the obvious) is adjusting to being at home after the week hospital stay. At the hospital she presses the magic red button and wishes are her commands, she gets mommy all to herself. She comes home to rules and sisters. Not that she minds her sisters or even the rules but it is an adjustment.

Since we are living in a bubble right now hoping for higher counts on Wednesday, we have been crafting maniacs. Auntie Stacey brought us HUGE paper rolls that we have made life size paper dolls out of, we have also colored them and labeled body parts, so our art class turned into science class and then turned into reading class... I will do anything to avoid tantrums from the five year olds the two year old I guess has to be TWO.


  1. I'm cracking up that it looks like a crime scene. I'm sorry about the tantrums, I can commiserate about the 2 y/o though.

  2. Cancer is all about "winging it" I think. And being spontaneous. You've got to take advantage of when they are feeling good (you go to the zoo when they are feeling up to it, even if you have a million and one chores to do) and you improvise when they're feeling bad. In our house, it's whatever works (within reason).

    I love the body tracing/ art/science lesson!

  3. Oh man I've been there. Are you "supposed" to discipline a cranky cancer kid? Let 'em cry it out? Pretend it isn't happening? All the while you want to scream yourself or somehow make the insanity that is now your life just S-t-o-p for a little bit.
    You've made it this far. You will get there.

    Hugs and Love, Deborah