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Our new normal.

Goo is doing much better. She’s eating again (finally). After two weeks of minor surgeries and scan, after scan, after scan – we’re home. For now.

Every three weeks, we will be admitted to the hospital. In between then, we go weekly for chemotherapy. For six weeks, we go five days a week for radiation.

I’m an educated person. I consider myself to be of at least average intelligence. I have a pre-med background with a degree in Biology and minor in Chem. That being said, the barrage of information I now have to memorize and juggle is challenging at times, largely because I’m now terrified of letting anyone but the Nerd or I care for her. How I’m going to care for her, and continue being a good mom for Punkin and Smush, and a good wife to the Nerd, can seem a little taxing at times.

In the hospital, I kept thinking about how I would manage to sanitize the whole house when I got home. And figure out meals as we adjusted to our new normal. Chemo can affect taste, and given that Goo has never been the greatest eater, I had no idea where to even start.

As it turns out, I didn’t have to. Friends came over and sanitized our house floor to ceiling. The Nerd kept up with all the picking up, laundry, and regular chores. People started contributing to a schedule to bring us meals daily. We started receiving gas gift cards, groceries, and offers to help from more people than we can count.

And through it all, Goo is an inspiration. I have to give her a needle every night as part of her regimen, and even though she fights it, she hugs me after and tells me I’m still the best Mommy ever.

Kids are so much tougher than adults.



About Mediocre Mom

I am a wife to the man who was made for me, and mom to three amazing girls: Punkin is eight, Goo is four, and Smush is two. I'm a Christian, a science geek, and completely addicted to coffee. Trying to stay sane one day at a time. Lowering the bar for moms everywhere.

10 responses »

  1. We’ve been praying for your family & will continue to do so! Stay strong momma!!!

  2. This time in your lives is just that, only one time in your lives. Years from now all of these challenges will be nothing but a memory and the Lord will use your testimonies to touch the hearts and lives of others. Your family is loved and blessed and Goo was created as a fighter for a reason. Keep going! You all are so loved 🙂

  3. Hope it gets easy. Praying for you!

    Reem Faruqi Sent from my iPhone

  4. We’re here for you guys. Praying. Goo, Smush and Punkin have the best parents ever. We are all blessed to know your family.

  5. It’s amazing how a community pulls together to help when it’s really needed. Medicore Mom, I sent you a private email to the email address listed on your “contact me” page. I hope you read it!

  6. You are amazing, and your family is amazing. So grateful that you are all home! Continuing to pray for complete wholeness.

  7. This God of ours always has our back. He held my hand thru out my cancer years ago and will send you blessing upon blessing as you weather this storm! Know that you and yours are lifted up in my prayers.

  8. Although none of this is easy, I know there is comfort in having a new normal. When you have even a small amount of control or at least predictability, you can breathe the smallest sigh of relief. You are continuously covered in prayer.

  9. I found you today when you appeared on ‘rantsfrommommyland’.
    After I found you there, I went & found you here.
    You want to know why your kid is doing so well? Why she is so strong?

    I clipped this from your post:
    *****Every three weeks, WE will be admitted to the hospital. In between then, WE go weekly for chemotherapy. For six weeks, WE go five days a week for radiation.****

    What did I notice? Your darling Goo is not alone in this…doesn’t look like she ever has been…looks like its been WE since the outset. She gets her strength from her family.

    NEVER underestimate the power of your love for your child…EVER. Way to go Mom.

    PS. I don’t have a kid with cancer, but I do have a dad. He’ll be 80 years old in August. In the past 10 years he’s whooped cancer’s butt — colon cancer, bladder cancer & stage 4 prostate cancer. Chemo & radiation sucked but he did it…we were there for him same as you are there for Goo. Love & hope & prayer are powerful weapons.
    There is now a mom in Canada praying for your family. *hug*

    • Wow, *tear*. Thank you so much. In as much as we can, we have tried to fight right alongside her through all of this, her sisters included. I read this comment to the Nerd and we were both all gooey emotional. Thank you so much.


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