I have a lot to be thankful for

This past Sunday at Mass I was thinking about finishing up my cancer treatment.  I go in for my last round of chemotherapy this Friday and will be at CHOP until Tuesday when I will finish my 14th (and final…YES!!!!!) round.

Thinking about this, I have a lot to be thankful for.  When I first went to the doctor in New Jersey because my knee hurt last winter, my local orthopedic doctor had a professional relationship with Dr. Dormans at CHOP, so he was able to get me in to see Dr. Dormans the next business day after my MRI results showed I might have Ewing’s sarcoma.  My parents did a lot of research and found out that Dr. Dormans is pretty much the best doctor in the world to work on you if you need surgery for Ewing’s.

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Rachel takes Communion at Mass – without crutches. (Photo: Kurt Kovach)

I have a lot to be thankful for.  The oncology team at CHOP actually developed the standard treatment for Ewing’s that is used around the world.

I have a lot to be thankful for.  The oncology nurses at CHOP are awesome!  They always make sure that I’m comfortable when I’m getting my icky chemo treatments and always make sure that my parents and I know exactly what’s going on.

I have a lot to be thankful for.  When you add all of this up, I have the best surgeon in the world, the best oncology team in the world, the best nurses in the world and I’m getting treated at the best children’s hospital in the world.  

This year started out pretty bad for me.  I got just about the worst news a kid could get in January when I was diagnosed with cancer.  But if you think about it, God must be watching over me because I got the best treatment in the world and I’m going to beat this.

 I have a lot to be thankful for.


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