-Brooke Ervin, as posted on Facebook (see below)
Today marks an exciting/emotional day for us. As most of you know Hannah has been battling cancer almost her entire life. In 2014 Hannah relapsed with a chemo induced leukaemia which was less then two percent chance of happening.
When this relapsed happened we had exhausting all our options. She was placed a low dosage maintenance plan in hopes of prolonging her life or a small chance of a cure. Now four years later Hannah has beaten all odds and is still here. Not just here but thriving.
With zero traces of leukaemia present and no signs of her original cancer (rhabdomyosarcoma). Today was just a regular day for us at the hospital filled with chemo and pokes. Robert Day joined us today, as we had a planned conference with our oncologist in Vancouver to discuss our future with Hannah and what the plans going forward would be.
As a team we decided to stop all chemo therapy! No more meds, no more treatments, no more pokes! So instead of being hooked up to the machines we watched the nurses throw away her chemo!
Hannah will have a long road to recovery and the fear will never leave us. For the rest of Hannah’s life she will be monitored closely. She is at high risk of recurring disease as well as developing other cancers. As she gets older she will have regular colonoscopies, regular mammograms and needs to avoid regular exposure to sun for fear of skin cancer. Due to the extensive amount of chemo and radiation Hannah will suffering from long term side effects for the rest of her life.
Today will always mark an important milestone in our hearts. A day we can remember forever. A day we can starting counting from until we get to the day we can officially call Hannah cancer free. Hannah will still have her port in her chest until we decide as her parents were ready for the surgical removal. I’m not ready yet.
After seven years of battling we are finally putting it behind us. Our fears will never go away. As the hospital says it will only get worse before better. Every blood work visit will be tough but with every day, week, month or year that goes by we hope this will become easier. Hannah’s immune system will take around a year to recover and come back to normal. We decided to not celebrate as we have done this in the past and been crushed. Instead we call it a break and never promise Hannah anything.