These pictures were taken on April 18, after Karagen had her surgery to remove some of the tumor that was compressing her spine. In my mind and heart I remember this time period as very dark and very hard. Adjusting to having a child with a terminal illness, watching Karagen suffer from her surgery and contemplating the preceeding weeks of fitful sleeping and pain filled nights-all the results of her cancer. Wondering every second what the future would hold and frantically trying to adjust my expectations, while desperately missing our children at home.. In the midst of all that- these pictures were taken. I can't help but say-there were flashes of HOPE and that is what we did and DO hold onto!
These pictures were taken at National Children's Hospital in DC in the Oncology Clinic waiting room by volunteer photographers. They were completely free.