Sunday, July 22, 2012

Leukemia and Dancing

While in the hospital Jemma received a video of her dance class practicing their dances from her instructor. It is by far one of the best things she had in the hospital because it encouraged her to move. Each day I played the video and told Jemma I was trying to learn her routine. She usually would get up and practice too. However, once was enough. After that her energy was gone.

Now that we are at home she is still practicing and usually has the energy to do the dance a few times before her energy runs out.

As you can see from the picture most of Jemma's hair has fallen out. Her only concern with loosing her hair is that she may not be able to dance. She could care less about being bald. When the girls dance they wear wigs so they all look alike. The wigs are attached to the girls existing hair with bobbypins. Hence, no hair, no wig. - Now isn't that ironic.

She often talks about dance and has said she isn't sure she will be able to dance in the shows this year. In addition to the wig problem, she understands that she doesn't feel well enough to practice, and has made the connection to the future shows. I'm not sure she will dance this year either, and know if she does it will be a huge challenge.

 On another note, the older two kids should be on the plane right now. We can't wait to see them.

1 comment:

  1. Keep dancing, Jemma! So happy that the family will all be together again tomorrow.


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