Sunday, August 26, 2012

Diagnosis Day (four years out)

I will post a picture or two later, but just wanted to mention that today is the day we celebrate Gracie's diagnosis day.  We had blizzards on the way home from an amazing vacation with family at the lake.  Gracie loved to be on the water.  She loved being on the tube or watersled behind the boat, creating sandcastles, playing in the water, and all the other fun things you do at the lake.  It is amazing to watch our little girl grow so big.  She was only two years old when she was diagnosed and now she will be starting grade one.
In the last few months we have moved away from Texas and to a new home.  We miss our good friends and the people that loved and supported us during Gracie's treatment.  We saw the very best of many, many people.  Now that we are among new friends that, for the most part, know nothing of Gracie's experiences it is interesting to watch her interact with them and see her share things in her own way.  Even some of our good friends know nothing of Gracie's prosthetic.  I feel like it is Gracie's choice to share what she wants with others.  She is not shy about it though.  If the topic of eyes comes up she will proudly speak about her fake eye and the amazing things you can do with it.  She thinks it is funny to touch her eye for people to demonstrate that it is fake and doesn't hurt to poke it.  I heard her and her brother in the back seat of the car today playing a game of "Poke your eye." I think they were trying to see who could poke the hardest before stopping.  Stephanie and I were not encouraging it but I thought it rather funny and Gracie certainly had the upper hand.

Well, we have been blessed beyond measure.  We thank all of you that have supported Gracie and our family.  Today we celebrate the freedom that Gracie's diagnosis gave us, as it afforded us the opportunity to see our little girl loving life cancer free.

1 comment:

Grandpa smith said...

She did have a good time. She was comforting a cousin who got poked in the eye. By showing him that a poke in the eye did not hurt her.