Today was a HUGE day for Gunner. His leukemia diagnosis came just a week into summer vacation after school ended last year. In those early days, I dreamed about Gunner being “normal” and attending school again. We hoped he would feel good enough to return to school at some point. It was bittersweet when his sisters started back. He was bored, longed to run and play with his friends, plus genuinely missed the structure of the school day. I figured after a month into Maintenance, we would slowly start the transition back to school with half days.
Gunner surprised me last Wednesday night. He said, “Momma I’m going back to school on Friday!” Honestly I didn’t give it much though. My initial response was … We will see what your Dr. says!
Thursday we went to Austin to check his blood counts. As soon as Dr.Wells walked into the room, Gunner skipped his traditional greeting and went straight for the gusto.
The conversation went like this:
Dr. Wells ~ “Hi Gunner”
Gunner ~ “Can I go to school tomorrow?”
Dr. Wells ~ (a triumphant) YES!
My heart dropped. Panic set in. A million “what ifs” ran through my mind. The reality is life moves on. I can’t keep Gunner in a magic bubble(As much as I would like too). I must set my fears aside as a mother. My son deserves to surround himself with his friends, explore, learn, and grow.
On friday, I talked with teachers and his vice-principle to make the transition. Gunner was so excited (as you can see in the picture above) for school today.
This is my sweet boy after a half day of school. His teacher kept me informed throughout the morning. The plan was to pick him up after recess. She called a bit early and said he was really tired. I went a little early. As I walked onto the school yard, I could see him slowly swinging. Once his eyes caught mine, his face lite up with a smile. He walked up to me and smiled. He said, “Momma I’m so tired!”
Slowly he will build up his stamina to attend a full day. Until, then I’m content with his progress. Gunner is kicking leukemia’s butt, one milestone at a time!
Thank you for your love and prayers!