March 19, 2014
The kid skipped down the hospital corridor and he was smiling.
"I'm happy, I'm healthy, I'm going shopping!"
We passed a doctor who smiled. He knew.
Signed ourselves out of hospital, walked past the Lego display and into a waiting taxi.
Our first stop was for some new beads for Mr C's Bravery Beads Necklace, one for blood tests, one for a hospital visit and one for some good news. The necklace is growing, a visual reminder of his journey over the past two years.
We found some Lego and two XBox 360 games that he had wanted, so he was very happy. Not a care in the world. How it should be for an 11 year old kid.
Two years after I first noticed something was not right, Mr C (aged 11) is officially in remission from Crohn's Disease. It has taken a lot of tests, procedures, blood drawers, MRI's, iron infusions, tears, a liquid diet, a low residue diet, a normal diet and medication every day to bring him back, and it's an amazing feeling.
He still has issues with aching joints and blurry vision, and his skin doesn't tolerate the sun, but everything else is clear and he has energy!
He is a strong little guy, so accepting of what has to happen and at times when I've been the one struggling, he just gets on with it and I'm reminded that we are in this together.
I've looked at his little body, and wondered what was going on inside him that shouldn't be. I've wished that I didn't have to give him the drugs every night but I know that if I don't, he will get sick again.
That is a really difficult cross to bear but one which I own.
I know things may change and he still has puberty to navigate, but for now, we are blessed and fortunate and so grateful to be where we are.
Life is good.