Arriving at the cancer centre is mostly always the same as we enter the building and walk down to the paediatric area of the treatment area. Although the chairs are filled with a mixture of young children and adults, some with parents, a girl friend, loved one, or sadly, alone. So many people suffering from different variations of cancer, a bond shared between patients and their support team that brings a common sadness, and some times a smile. Some guarded whispered words, the constant beeping of pumps working hard to provide hope for us all. Nurses literally fast walking from room to room, carrying transparent bags, long tubes, pushing pumps on wheels towards our children, almost like fireman racing to put out a fire, cancer is our fire I guess. Soon the long tubes are filled with liquid, and the drip of chemo winds it way inside the port on Zach's chest and he looks around the room to settle in for another long day, mostly in a public area, and luckily, some days, a private exam room where we can visit and support him with a level of privacy. Round eight, cycle (8), five days then home, followed by the most important testing and scans at this point, results that will guide us south for very important support from a very special lady, Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan!
Zach reminds us of the status of others being treated, and I do the same, he is constantly reading and discovering all the varied treatments and studies available for cancer, and shows happiness for others who may benefit and find a cure, but sadly there is not often words written about new drugs or protocols for this DSRCT, which reminds us so often how rare this disease is, but then there are the unexplained cases, long term survival and the happiest words possible, some are "cancer free"! Zach is one of those, he is so confident in his treatment, so positive in the success he will welcome soon, we all are, so many friends and family, and as I have said many times, even complete strangers still with Zach, still with us all. On the days and nights that seem almost completely overwhelming, Donna my wife, Zach's Mom, props us all up, provides the words we need, to ensure the Cook Clan remains on the same page. Mom's are such incredible people, and Zach knows she is there always, we all do, and I thank God every day for our Angel on earth. Please remember that no one is alone, we are all here for each other, just another way God provides comfort and love to all who need him. Hug those who you love, say a kind word to those who are supporting you, and pray for health, happiness, and a CURE for your loved ones, be safe always God Bless