So over a full week of radiation treatments are behind us now and Josie, her family, and the support team are settling into their new routine. Josie isn't as bothered by her early start, but Alissa said the entire family is drained by all that is going on. Being super mom all day and bearing the burden of Jo's tumor leaves little time for recovery, peace, or restful sleep. Still Alissa said the first week flew by and Josie is doing well. Matt agreed that treatment has been going as well as can be expected. He was off all week and had the opportunity to take Jo to Hershey each day. The two of them made the trip, took care of business at the hospital, and enjoyed daddy-daughter picnics afterwards.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone together again tomorrow. We've been working to get the cousins together as much as possilble. The adults are able to discuss and support each other, and this group of nine children playing always brings a smile to everyone's face...they all have so much positive energy and love for one another! Jo has been feeling tired and not as interested in things she once jumped to do (like play in the mud outside or ride her bike). That's been her main side effect, but we're hoping that being with the cousin crew will bring back her desire to romp around and play.
Back to the picture. It was grandparent's day today at MCDS. Jo was upset that she missed seeing her grandparents at school, and Sam knew it. So the minute the girls reunited today after going their separate ways, Sam lifted Jo's spirits with detailed stories about grandparent's day. She made Jo feel like she was at school too, describing the whole experience, engaging Jo and making her forget what she had missed. When the story was over, Sam leaned in and gave Jo a big smooch on the lips and told her that she loved her. Caught on camera, a pure and intentional kiss from one sister to the other. A sign of everlasting love, unwavering support, and hope.