It's about what we have. Trying to fill the emptiness, Josie begs her mother for a new blue sweater she has been admiring in the store window for weeks. She knows that they can't afford it, but she wants desperately to know joy again.
But in the form of three visitors and a surprise sacrificial gift on Christmas morning, Josie finds the joy she is seeking in the true meaning of Christmas. She lives in Wildwood, Illinois, with her husband and three children. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Compare all 6 new copies.
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All of her organs were everywhere. It was the first time Jessica had ever heard the word "neuroblastoma. You'll learn it. And learn it they did. Josie dove into chemotherapy treatment right away. Then she endured a hour surgery, followed by the tandem bone marrow transplants just weeks apart.
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Then came the month of radiation treatments. Having himself had four knee replacement surgeries since , Dan is no stranger to pain. It gives me a really good feeling. That good feeling is mutual, Jessica says. Not ever worried," Jessica emphasizes. That's all she knows. And so she just keeps taking the next step. We have to do this next thing, to fight cancer and make sure it's gone.
And that's definitely a hard fight — especially when Josie's chemotherapy gives her intense nausea, or she's isolated in the back hall of the pediatric cancer unit during her bone marrow transplants. But on brighter days, that signature Josie Perea zest kicks in, and she's issuing "tickets" to nurses during her hallway patrols, jokingly scolding them for violations. Opening the pad the nurses gave her, Josie would write citations for offenses, ranging from looking at cellphones while working to catching a few minutes of the Olympics at the nurses' station. One nurse paid her ticket by cutting out a picture of herself and plastering it on a fake hundred dollar bill for Josie.
A couple of weeks ago, Jessica saw a picture on Facebook of some of Josie's nurses.
She tried to show it to Josie. I'll just miss them all too much,'" Jessica recalls.
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Earlier this month, Josie came back to American Family Children's Hospital once again for her final radiation treatment. As she lay down on the table that would pull her body for the 20th time into the donut-shaped opening of the radiation machine, a blanket offered by the nurses kept her warm, along with her pink polka dot penguin socks. As Josie put her arms above her head, the red laser emitting from the radiation device divided her face, expressionless from the familiar routine. Josie selected Christian contemporary artist TobyMac to listen to during this final round. With tracks like "Unstoppable," "Speak Life" and "Thankful for You," the soundtrack seemed to narrate the milestone perfectly.
Mother and daughter together held up Josie's sticker chart, a pink calendar chronicling the past four weeks of radiation treatment.
On Day 1, Josie had selected hearts and jewels.