And even though we are stuck in hospital and our end of treatment plans had to be put on hold, Bianca still added the most important bead of all to her collection, a Purple Heart - this is a very special end-of-treatment bead.
It was 830 days ago that I arrived at the hospital and Terence stopped me before I could enter Bianca's room and he told me that the doctor said Bianca had leukemia. It was 830 days ago that I stood in the corridor, holding Caitlyn in my arms, staring at the wall wishing I would not cry as the tears streamed down my face. It was 830 days ago that I composed myself before I entered Bianca's room and made small-talk about the show she was watching, her room, and trying to keep things normal. It was 830 days ago that our lives changed.
And yes, there are 830 paua shell pieces in this photo to represent every single day from diagnosis to last day of chemo treatment.
652 days of chemo (some IV chemo, some chemo tablets, some that are done as sub-cut into her legs, some that have gone into her spine and some that have been injected into her leg muscles).
142 injections, port accesses and finger pricks
And throughout all of this, the one thing that clearly stood out from all this, is one amazing little girl and her beautiful smile who simply loves life and lives for now.