Because of the type of cancer Sephine has, she qualifies for a type of radiation that is only offered in 6 hospitals throughout the country. One of them is in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital. Goosebumps every time I think how we are so blessed to live so close.
It is called Proton Radiation. The advantage of Proton Radiation is the ability to more precisely localize the rays of energy. Since Sephine's tumors are in her left neck and left nasal cavity, this kind of radiation therapy is a blessing. It will reduce the amount of tissue damage to the surrounding areas of her cute little face and neck and hopefully prevent any stunted growth in the areas as well.
We just spent the last few days at Mass General getting to know the team that will be providing this amazing gift for us over the next two months. Our schedule will be radiation 5 days a week (anesthesia every day) for 6-7 weeks straight. She will continue to get her chemotherapy throughout this time as well. Treatment starts December 9th. Sephine and I will spend most of the week up in Boston, coming home on the weekends.
In reorganizing my bookshelf recently I came across a very old, very small, very thin paperback that I had never spent anytime reading. Along with a few other books I quickly put them by my bed to read when I had some time.
This morning I picked up this small little book and read the title.
"Rays of Light"
Eyes welling with tears, I thought how appropriate it was titled as our family is preparing for this next step in Sephine's treatment. It was even published in Boston.
There is a poem inside called "The Mother's Heart" by Albert Traeger. A verse...
"But in thine own child's life thou livest, His joys are thy days of brightest sun; His slightest suff'ring make thee tremble The while thou ne'er think'st of thine own. Torment, pierced, however tortured. Thou lovest in thy bitterest pain; Though by thy child outraged and broken Thou speakest blessings even then"