When we first ended up in OKC Children's hospital and Ainsley was in a coma I started filling out paperwork. Paperwork for leukemia studies, paperwork for help with finances, paperwork for counseling, and paperwork for Make a Wish. As I read the Make a wish paperwork I knew that we would have a long fight before we could even make a wish for Ainsley happen.
Then she started responding to treatment and finally getting better. When we got to go home she still was reverted back to a baby. Our Make a Wish volunteers (Nikki & Kate) asked about what Ainsley would like to do. We spoke to her and asked questions and she didn't respond. They met her when she still wasn't talking or walking and they were so kind to be patient with us and Ainsley as we tried to find the perfect Wish.
Finally, when she started becoming herself again she liked the idea of Princesses. So when we met with our volunteers they told her about DisneyWorld and Give Kids the World Village. She loved the idea of ice cream all day, parties, a grumpy tree in the village, seeing Mickey Mouse and Disney Princesses, and getting the Royal Treatment at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. So she chose that wish!
Then we found out that Doyle Chiropractic & Family Wellness had sponsored her wish along with Make a Wish Oklahoma. We met with him and his office staff and set a date for end of April to go on the wish trip. I was so nervous that we would hit a bump in the roadmap of treatment or that she would get sick again but God proved that prayers work. We are here and enjoying every element of this experience.
Ainsley still has to take her steroids, antibiotics, and oral chemo but she doesn't have to think about cancer for most of the day. Little brother George also gets to feel special and is loving the sugar rushes, toys, and royal treatment.
Yesterday was our first full day here and it was amazing! Make a Wish and Give Kids the World are two organizations that make families feel the love.
I am grateful to be here now. Grateful that my daughter has come so far and blessed that we get this opportunity to feel so much love. We are soaking it all in! Thank you to all our Allies and the organizations and volunteers! Oh, and one more thing we now have to refer to Ainsley as Princess Ainsley...this royal treatment may have gone to her head a little but that is fine with me!