You've all been with me in a very caring way while my rough and tumble nephew, Colin, has battled cancer (ependymoma). He and his family have been spokespersons around the country for children's cancer treatment, and he has overcome so much for a young child it is almost impossible to imagine he is still alive.
He is very tough, a born football tackle if you will. He is so happy, positive, brave, charming, he's the greatest kid, you'd all fawn over him if you met him.
Well, I saw him for the fist time in a few months and wow, while he still suffers somewhat permanent paralysis, at my grand nephew's birthday party (a big, boisterous affair with dozens of 8 year olds) Colin was having the time of his life running around. Yes, running, all around. His gait is unsteady and it's still obvious that he has a handicap, but my Goodness, he can literally walk without his walker and even run!!!
He talks (though unfortunately it is very difficult to understand what he is saying, his speech is slurred what with 1/2 of his vocal chord paralyzed), and has so very much to say.
I am so thankful to all who donated to the children's hospitals and the staff at those institutions.
Often we hear from each other troubling, heart breaking news. I certainly have had my share of such news and most of the rest of us here have also been through so much, so I wanted to post something to you all that was uplifting.
I'd like to post a video if I can get one, of him talking, running, and hamming it up for the lens.
Now I want to thank all of you from the depths of my heart for your good energy and prayers.
I often joked that if I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all, but actually that isn't true, those I love have been through so much and yet we're still going! Such as my dearests managing to avoid a monster typhoon mere days ago.
God bless you all! -- Join Teams Helix and Discovery. Rest in Peace, Leonard David Smith, my best friend, you are missed badly! Rest in peace, Pop, glad our last years were good. Please pray for Colin, he has ependymoma, a brain cancer, donate to a children's Hospital.
That is great news! It is so much harder to accept these kinds of things in one so young. The one "blessing" however is that the young respond and deal with their physical reality much better than once we get older. -- Deeds, not words