Friday, May 8, 2009

Two years down

Ben was diagnosed two years ago today.

Needless to say, it's a bit of a strange anniversary. On the one hand, we're celebrating the amazing work of Dr. Hurvitz and her team at Cedars. If Nicole or I got what Ben has when we were kids, we wouldn't have survived, yet Ben is in remission and has a very good prognosis. We're also celebrating the silver linings of this whole thing -- we've all been forced to re-evaluate what's important in life, and we've been amazed by the incredible support we've received from friends, family, co-workers, and even total strangers. We've also been blown away by the strength Ben displays every day, not to mention David's ability to deal with the difficulties of having a rock-star brother.

At the same time we want to celebrate, I must say that it's a sad day too. It's not easy thinking about all the things we've gone through -- the fear, the stress, the challenge of helping a young child understand and cope with a deadly illness and the intensive treatment it requires. And we still have a long way to go -- 478 more days of chemo after today. Then we'll be hoping that the cancer doesn't come back for the rest of Ben's life, and also dealing with the long-term effects of chemotherapy.

Once again Nicole and I want to thank all of you for your interest, your support, your prayers and your love. This hasn't been easy, and you've helped us more than you could ever understand.

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