We didn't say anything to Bianca because it would be so disappointing if she was excited about it and then for some reason it couldn't happen, so we kept it a surprise. So this morning we told her that she was going to have a birthday party, but we waited until the first knock on the door, before letting her know that she was actually going to have friends at her party. It turned out such a wonderful wonderful day and Bianca had 3 friends at her party. She was absolutely thrilled and so excited.
Today was so very different to last year. Last year we had it all planned, but when Bianca was admitted to hospital on the 2nd of June, we had to cancel her birthday party and so shared some cake with a few of the other patients in Wellington Hospital. I remember her turning to me at one point saying "but Mommy, my friends aren't coming". The Child Cancer Foundation was so great in helping us make the day as special as possible and they organised all the snacks, balloons and inviting some of the other patients.
The party last year: