My niece Claire was released from the hospital for the last time for this round of treatment earlier this week. She is at home. She is with her parents and her little sister and her grandma in a house that is mostly snowed in and overloaded with toys and books and presents. She is doing pretty well right now considering that she just finished up her 5th round of chemo. Her numbers are good to very good.
Her parents finished cleaning out the apartment on Wednesday and handed back the keys to the landlord a day early. They no longer have a place in Philly.
The Balloon-Juice Jackal Crash Pad was heavily used and greatly appreciated. It was a spot where Megan and Travis could sleep without listening to beeps. It was a spot where they could breathe. It was a spot where Megan and Travis could have their younger daughter come down and visit to see mom and her big sister. It was a refuge. Thank you!
Right now, the plan is fairly straightforward. Claire resumes normal on-line learning on Monday. She can probably win the first argument on where the family should order take-out once her appetite fully comes back and her stomach settles. She can play in the snow/ice/sleet that is supposed to be hitting her house today.
She will have monthly lab work. If the results are not scary, that is all she needs for several months and then she’ll get a check-in with her oncology team. If the results are scary, something happens and we don’t know what that is.
I could not have read a more heartening and uplifting thing to start my morning. Thank you and what a joy it is to hear she is back home. Being seriously ill is horrible but being seriously ill and away from home is crushing. I am so glad she is back on familiar ground.
I’m so glad. Great news in a world that needs great news.
She must be elated and thank you for sharing the news. I’ll continue praying and hoping that her numbers are always good.
All good news. Great to hear. Home is best.
Dorothy A. Winsor
I’m so glad. Thank you for telling us
Glad she’s home, and I will keep the family in my thoughts, hoping for the best.
Yay, Claire! Thank you so much for the update, David. She and her family are often in my thoughts. I hope she has fun playing in the sleet!
Home is where the heart is.
The best news. May it continue.
Good news. Here’s hoping the road is straight and smooth.
Such great news! I just love community and the things we do for one another. Yay Jackals!
So glad they are home and I know they will treasure the experience of living everyday life, even during a pandemic.
Such good news; thank you for letting us know. I’m so glad she’s home.
And there is much rejoicing!
This is great news! Keeping Claire and her family in my thoughts.
Oh, David, this is such lovely news! I’m tearing up from happiness. Thank you for keeping the Jackaltariat well-informed throughout this ordeal. It was an honour to be a tiny part of Claire’s recovery and her family’s comfort.
Thank you so much for providing this. Should the need arise, you know what do to.
Wonderful news…she gets to be a kid again!
Excellent news. A wonderful way to start the day. thank you.
There’s lots Western medicine hasn’t figured out how to do yet but when they know what to do, they know what to do!
Such happy news!
Ghost of Joe Liebling*s Dog
Good. Good. Very glad to read that.
What wonderful news!
@Dave’s Dad: Besides the great news for Claire and family, you must be so proud of your son!
Such a nice way to start the Friday news dump! Go Team Claire!
So very very happy to hear!
Such a good way to start my day! Good energy to Claire’s continued healing.
Thank you for the good news. My continued best hopes and thoughts for Claire and her family.
Excellent news! Thanks for the update.
I am so happy to hear this! What a relief for Claire and her family.
Welcome home dear Claire, may you have a warm snuggly weekend with your wonderful family, followed by a beautiful and tranquil life.
Thanks for sharing the great news! So glad Claire is getting back to a semblance of normal life.
Good news! Thanks for letting us know.
Happy day! Let’s hope the news just gets better!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all your family! What a beautiful gift!
This is fantastic news! I hope Claire enjoys having a snow day at home!
This is wonderful news to hear!
It makes my day to hear things are going well for Claire. And thanks, David, for the opportunity to help out in a small way.
Yay! So glad for Claire and her family! I hope her future course is like my great-niece’s — she had cancer at the age of three and is now a sassy junior in high school, having had no further problems along the way. Fingers crossed for all of you.
Yay!! (Kermit arms flailing)
Late to the thread, but so happy to hear good news!
This is wonderful news! I am so happy for Claire, and for your whole family. Fingers crossed for only good things from now on.
So so glad to hear this!! <3
Welcome home, Claire. Juck cancer.
This is fabulous news. Congrats to Claire and the family.
Thank you so much for the update David; it was such good news for this morning. I wish your entire family the best and look forward to hearing about Claire’s exploits as she grows up – I’m manifesting only good news here on out!
There go two miscreants
That is excellent news! I hope she has smooth sailing from now on.
J R in WV
So much good news on Balloon Juice today. So happy for your family and your specific good news!!!
Please do keep us posted at times as Claire proceeds to have a normal life!
Man o Manischewitz some good news was needed That’s wonderful.
Wow! What great news! Get better, Claire!
Late, but so happy to see this and know that the apartment is no longer needed for the best reasons! Congratulations to Claire and may all her future experiences be good.
Joy in FL
I’m so glad for this good news. May it continue for Claire : )
@WaterGirl: ….yes we are….Dave is one of 5…they all do different things ..very proud of all 5…and yes growing up…Dave loved to ask questions
@Dave’s Dad: You probably won’t see this, but just in case…
For some obscure reason, screen names with apostrophes (like Dave’s Dad) always have to be manually approved. So your comments won’t show up right away unless you somehow change your screen name. :-(
Dave*s Dad would work, as would Daves Dad. (we will understand why there is no apostrophe and won’t hold it against you!)
Thank you for the help
Many thanks to Cole for pointing this out. I hadn’t noticed this post. I am so happy that she’s home. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to her and the family.