If you ever want attention, walk into a hospital with a giant camera and ask about a child’s chemotherapy and radiation treatment schedule.
You’ll get attention. Lots and lots of attention.
I know, because last week I received permission from both Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion to attend and photograph treatments with Mitchell and his parents. And I did just that.
Luckily, the staff at both locations were extremely efficient, discrete, and professional. All things considered, it went very well.
This week marks the first break Mitchell has had since his diagnosis. He gets a full four weeks off from everything. No physical therapy, no radiation, and no chemotherapy. Nothing. He gets to relax and recuperate in preparation for the long haul of treatments on the horizon.
But the treatments to come aren’t what’s important right now. What is important is that Mitchell has exceeded all expectations for his recovery, both physically, mentally, and medically, and your thoughts and prayers have been instrumental in that. Furthermore, it’s important that everyone remember that Mitchell and his family are still in the middle of their fight and need as many the thoughts, prayers, and support as they ever have.
So keep it up.