in January of 2005 when we found out our precious baby had cancer. So now two years later, here we are. Footloose and cancer free. I posted on my very first post about the song 'Somewhere In The Sun" and how I dreamed of bring there..........with Cole, running in the sand. Well, it happened. January 15th, 2007 - we were off for MLK day and decided to drive to Gulf Shores to eat lunch at Lulu's. One of our favorite places!! They have a huge sand box for the kids to play in. Cole has never shown interest. Actually we went over there right before his symptoms began in 2004, ate lunch and drove down to the beach. He hated it. Didn't want sand on him, didn't like the sun - nothing! So I never thought to show him this massive sand box. On this day, he saw it and wanted to go check it out. While we were waiting for our drinks Jason took him over to the sand so he could look. He wanted to play as soon as we finished eating. I couldn't believe it. We ate - it was delish - and then headed to the sand. Cole was a little hesitant for a few minutes, but reached down and touched the sand. I talked him into taking off his shoes and he walked ALL OVER THE PLACE! All in the sand. I was glad I had my camera - I rarely leave home without it but you never know - the one time I really want it - it'll be at home on the charger. Thankfully that wasn't this day. I got a couple of cute pics and he played in the sand and really had fun. Here we were, two years later - Somewhere In The Sun.
On this exact date two years earlier, we didn't know about cancer yet, or what medulloblastoma was - or that we would relocate to Memphis. But we knew that something was seriously wrong. This was the day we noticed Cole's left eye turning in. It was the beginning of the two weeks that would lead us to a cancer diagnosis. It was the beginning of his fight. And now, two years later - he has won this battle. He is digging his toes in the sand, laughing and screaming with glee at his daddy who is burying our feet. So back then when I heard the song, I was thinking of how nice it would be to leave this hospital-the iv's, the meds, everything-and run to 'another life, somewhere in the sun.' Now when I hear it, instead of running from cancer, I'm simply thinking about running from a day in the yucky weather to a fun day with my family, with my son and his toes in the sand. How great is that?