Happy Five Years, Cancer Free!

30 Mar

Yesterday was Jackson’s five-year cancer anniversary.

It’s no longer a date floating in the future. It’s not in four years or two years or six months. It was yesterday.

My first goal after treatment was one year off treatment without a relapse, then two years. For the last three years, I’ve been waiting for 2015. We finally made it!

Suck it, Neuroblatoma.

Ev and I wanted to recognize such an amazing milestone. I mean, hello, we celebrate everything. We invited our family over last night for cake, ice cream sundaes and a balloon release. Each person, along with Jackson’s classmates and teachers, decorated white luminary bags, which we lit in Jackson’s honor and placed around our house. I didn’t realize how fulfilling it would be to see those bags glowing in the night.

It was another perfect occasion to wear our matching shirts. There’s nothing like taking in that sea of blue “Jackson’s Entourage” and green “Done” shirts. It just does my heart good. The blue shirts were the original design that we had printed for Jackson’s stem cell transplant. The green were for his Done party once treatment was over.

We really couldn’t have asked for a better night. Looking around at all the faces we love last night, and have supported us through so much, I could see they wanted to celebrate Jackson’s journey just as much as we did.

No more words, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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This is how we all feel about five years!

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 If you’d like, leave Jackson a note here on the blog. I know he’d enjoy reading!

8 thoughts on “Happy Five Years, Cancer Free!

  1. Dear Jackson,
    I went to High School with your grandparents and have been enjoying pictures of you growing up and getting better for a long time. I have been keeping you in my prayers too and am so happy for you and your family on your most special 5th Anniversary. I like the picture of you with your sister and the balloons. It looks like you are lifting off the ground. I’ll bet everyone at your party felt happy enough to fly. You are a very amazing boy and I know you are going to do great things in your life! God bless you Jackson… and your whole family.
    Laura Tripp

  2. Hi Jackson!
    I went to school with your mom and have followed her blog posts ever since she started the first site o give updates on your journey so long ago. You, my friend, are a rockstar. I’ve never met you but, you are one of the strongest, bravest and incredible people I know. We’ve prayed for you and your family for so long.
    Woohoooooo! Yay for five years!!!
    All our love,
    Sarah and family

  3. Jackson,
    I love the pictures!!! Paige and Jake miss you ~ Hope we can play soon!! You are a rockstar!

    Love ~ Lindsey, Paige and Jake

  4. We have known you since you first took your first breath and have loved you even longer. God has done so much in your young life and we are so much looking forward to all He is going to do in and through you. You are one funny and fun guy but we love your excitment and zeal for all you do. We love you “Action Jackson”!

  5. WOW!!! FIVE YEARS CANCER FREE!!! Jackson, you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers many times over the years….and you will continue to be in my prayers. You are such a trooper and my prayer is God will use you in a mighty way as you continue in this journey of “life”! I am so happy for you!!!

  6. Jackson,

    You are a true hero! Congratulations on being 5 years cancer-FREE!! Here’s to 80, 90, or even 100 more! You’ve got great things ahead of you — so much to accomplish and experience — and I wish you all the best.

    Jo Lynne

  7. What a day to celebrate! Loved reading this even we just started following you. My blog partner’s daughter is a cancer survivor, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was 1 and half. When we reach five years, it’ll be a celebration no doubt. Enjoy your day little buddy! Here’s to many many more.

  8. Jackson – You rock! 🙂 Best wishes for a long, wonderful life ahead of you….with lots of ice cream and pizza. 😉

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