One year ago today, our lives changed forever. One minute, we were your average family. Then in one split second when Gunner was diagnosed, everything changed. The words,”Your son has leukemia.” replay over and over in my mind.
Shock, disbelief and FEAR…..
Surely they had mixed up his blood tests. My first question was, “Do we have options?” (My stepsister’s mother passed away from leukemia when they were only eight years old.) Honestly in that moment in the sterile ER room, I though “leukemia” meant we would lose our son. I can remember every detail of that horrid day. Time stopped.
In the ensuing months, I couldn’t foresee a future or how we would live with the daily grind of surgeries, chemo, hair falling out, and steroids. Our son has been forced to endure more in the past year, than most do in an entire lifetime. But, he has manage these past 12 months with bravery, courage, determination, and almost always with a smile on his face.
Instead of facing this “cancerversary” or anniversary of Gunner’s diagnosis with dread, we are going to celebrate. We are celebrating the advances in medicine that have saved our son, all the efforts his oncologist and team have given, and the love and support we have received from family, friends, and strangers who have become friends during this journey. We are celebrating the highs, the extreme lows where I begged God each minute to comfort our boy as he struggled with horrific side effects of chemo, and every moment in between. Each day is a gift, so we celebrate!
Our family decided to spend the weekend together in Fort Worth at the newly renovated Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa. We picked this hotel because of it’s convenient location downtown, multi-million dollar renovations, and because The Sheraton Fort Worth boasts the biggest rooms in all of Fort Worth. With four kids, it’s nice to have a little bit of extra room so everyone can spread out.
Then it was off to sleep in the uber comfortable, signature Sheraton sweet sleeper bed. It’s so comforting watching Gunner and the girls sleep peacefully. The beds feel as if your sleeping on clouds. After a good nights rest, we were up and ready to explore Fort Worth.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat for breakfast at The Fort Worth Sheraton Restaurant. Gunner had pancakes with chocolate chips and strawberries on top!
Our family is super excited to visit The Stockyards, watch a real cattle drive, and attend the Stockyards Championship Rodeo later this evening.
This year has been the most difficult our family has ever faced but we celebrate each day. A year after diagnosis, I’m so thankful for this weekend at The Fort Worth Sheraton, together. Our family will continue to do what we do best, which is travel and create memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for all your love and support of our family since Gunner’s diagnosis.
Do you plans to travel this summer as a family? If so, what states will you visit?