Last Thursday Sephine had an MRI and CTSCAN to check the progress after Radiation was completed. Two days ago we received a call from her Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Obeng. The test results show that the tumor in her nasal cavity had significantly decreased in size and they could not even find the tumor in her neck.
SPEECHLESS! Weeks of tears poured down my face as I suddenly felt all of this mountain we had climbed. Pure joy. Pure love. Raw emotions and tired waves of peacefulness washed over me. Sephine is healing.
She is also on a two week break from Chemotherapy. The VNA nurses have been here to draw her labs two times a week and even that has come back with no need of a transfusion.
We are blessed! Everyday! Every moment we live we should celebrate that we are living in it...in that very moment. It is the hardest thing to do but by far the most enhanced experience. Sephine has shown us how beautiful life really is, how vivid the colors can be when you stop and realize the important things.
"Once upon a time, a man found a cocoon for a butterfly. One day
a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as
it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop
making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and
could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped the
remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. Something was
strange. The butterfly had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man
continued to watch the butterfly because he expected at any moment, the wings
would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract
in time. Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to
fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did
not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for
the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are God’s way of
forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be
ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes
struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through all our life
without any obstacles, that would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what
we could have been. Not only that, we could never fly."