On the evening of November 27, 2007, my husband and I heard the terrifying words that our youngest of three sons had High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. An evening that we will never forget, when we realized that our lives would never be quite the same.
In the weeks and months to follow as Zach received intense chemotherapy treatments, we as a family pulled together, as if running a five legged race. Some days the race ran smoothly, and other days one of us helped carry the weight of the other to get through the day. On any given day it was any one of us who needed the extra support.
By watching Zachary's incredible courage, and grace in handling his difficult treatments, we have all gained a new sense of the word united. We began to live our lives with a new sense of normal, and learned to take things one day at a time. Zach always being our leader and our guide.
I feel so passionate about sharing our experience of love and strength with other parents and loved ones who hear the frightening diagnosis of their child. Yes, it is a complete shock, and it feels as if your entire world is falling apart, but I want to express to parents and families that their will be brighter days ahead.
From our personal experience, we felt somewhat isolated and were at least an hour away from any childhood cancer support groups. I feel so strongly that if I had this beautiful gift of music, from another family who has walked this walk, I would have comfort in knowing we were and are not alone.