A friend at work has four kids, three of whom were their foster kids for almost four years until my friend and her husband formally adopted them a couple of months ago. Book Boy has enjoyed hanging out with the nine-year-old son at a couple of work functions, and they also have a three-year-old daughter, about 15 months older than Little Sister. (The others are girls 8 and 10.)
Over the past several months, the little girl has been complaining on and off that her legs hurt. She was limping sometimes and didn’t want to walk, would wake up crying in the middle of the night because her legs hurt. My friend took her to the doctor numerous times but the tests, x-rays, etc. found nothing wrong.
This time, the doctors sent her to the children’s hospital for extensive testing.
Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.
It makes me cry just to write that. How do you even begin to process it when it’s your own child?