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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happppy Valentine's Day! We love Heart Day!

Two years ago we spent Valentine's day at the hospital Mimi had a fever and needed a platelet transfusion. Last year was the first year Iza and Mimi were in school and were SO excited to take Valentines and have a party at school, unfortunately Mimi got a fever in the middle of the night and to the hospital we went. She was so bummed. She did get a treats and Iza brought her Valentines from school, she also got to experience fake nails!

THIS year we made it a big one! Starting this morning Daddy made yummy breakfast for all the girls in the house, including Nana who was visiting from FL. We participated in Hilltown Families Valentine Exchange, making lots of cards and getting some great ones in mail.

This is the third year Mimi received a special Valentine from "Cali Ali Valentine", a mom of a cancer survivor pairs up her grade school students with a child in treatment. It is so thoughtful this year Mimi wrote a note back to her Valentine.

We made gift bags for everyone in class, lots of handmade cards. It was a heart making factory here last night! The girls also decided to make some cards for the Children's hospital and cupcakes for the nurses and staff.

2/14/10 Rockin' the Tattoos and Auntie Meg's boots! All done while the IV is running.

2/14/10 Getting Some platelets, the yellow bag on top of the IV.

2/14/2010 LOVE! Hearts sent to her from an elementary school in IL decorated her room.

2/11/2011 Opening her "Cali Ali Valentine" :)

2/14/11 NOT Happy about missing her Kindergarten Valentine's Day party but she got Nails!

Valentine's 2012!!! Guess who is who behind their Winged Hearts art project.

Miss MagiBoo and her Heart outfit - "It all matches! They all have hearts!"

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Treatment Tree

Mimi had her monthly clinic visit after school Wednesday, all five of us went, we like to add chaos to everyones work day. The girls love going to see everyone at clinic. Mimi is well, not much to report, still dealing with dry skin and scalp but we got it under control with creams and shampoos. Hopefully when it starts getting nice out it won't be such an issue.

Counts 2/8/12
WBC - 5.3
Hgb - 13.3
Platelet - around 200
ANC - 1900

While at clinic got a wonderful surprise from Lisa (nurse) she gave Mimi a gem Tree filled with a collection of Swarowski crystals. Each bead representing a procedure or event while at clinic, such as beginning treatment, transfusions, port access, surgeries and so on. It is a gorgeous tree representing each child's unique journey through treatment. A big thanks to Griffin's Friends for sponsoring that and to the nurses at clinic for putting their love into it!

Mimi's Treatment Tree