In November 2016 fluid was building up in Madison's chest, spooky stuff... somewhat terrifying actually. While many people would crawl in to a corner and want to suck their thumb, Madison went to Mammoth with Nathan and his family. In December 2016, she went to Colorado ice fishing and snowmobiling with Marleigh and her family. In February 2017, she was a counselor/trainer for XMO in Colorado leading blind kids at winter camp. Despite 11 trips in 2017 to San Francisco for the clinical trial, she also squeezed in another XMO Summer Camp, spent a week in Montana with Kiira, Star-gazing in Bishop with Debbie, Doug, Nathan, numerous camping trips to the beach, to San Diego, etc.
Today is a bittersweet. The bitter, obvious... we lost her a year ago. The sweet; so many happy reflections and examples of her grace, beauty, spirituality, tenacity, and courage. When I reflect back to 2013 when Madison was first diagnosed: her journey through what felt like endless cancer treatments, and look at pictures of her along the way, she had transformed herself.
I know a lot of people are thinking of Madison today and many worry about us. All things considered, we're doing okay. I suspect people may be checking in here, and I thank you for your love and our unique kinship's.