Before Evie went into surgery, we realized that there were many details we didn’t know, and most days we had more questions than answers, but we got quite good at sitting with the unknown…. With no timeline in mind, and no expectations of how the surgery would go, we handed our girl to the care of our very capable doctors and prayed for the best.
My journey with Stollery Children’s hospital began in February 2002, when I was only eight months old. It was a very cold Friday in Northern Alberta. My family had just moved into a new home and the movers were moving our belongings into our home. I was crying hard and my mom was holding me in her arms to calm me down. A few minutes later, I stopped crying and my face turned blue.
“When Laura was seven and had just started grade three, she started having problems reading her home reading. Like most parents, we thought that Laura needed eyeglasses. After work on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, we took her for an eye exam. The eye doctor was concerned with a flicker that he had noticed on Laura’s left eye so he made a referral to a colleague at the eye clinic at the Foothills Hospital. Because of Laura’s age, we were able to see the specialist the next morning.
I’m going to show you the best Santa-But-Not-Actually-Santa pictures you’ve ever seen. Let me set them up. ~ Dave Kelly
Our son Finn was just three months old when he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive and fast-growing sarcoma. We spent the first year of his life fighting for it. It was so unreal because Finn was so little. It was like a slap in the face and it just kept hitting us hard and fast—surgery, cancer, chemotherapy. There was no time to think or feel. We were in full survival mode.
My son Mason took a little spill and started crying as he had hurt his leg. It was the end of the party and nothing serious, so we packed up and headed home. Mason complained about his knee hurting. Assuming he twisted it, I had him laid up on the couch to rest the knee. The next day when he said it still hurt I told him we will have to go to the doctors to have it checked. He said, “no its okay” and started walking on it again.