If energy cannot be created or destroyed, then the power of a Category 4 Hurricane healed my neice from Stage 3 Osteosarcoma.
I am a budget travel guru. I love Groupon! When I’m bored and can’t sleep, I will sometimes lie in bed and scroll through all the exotic trips available on different budget travel sites and think of how I want to travel to so many places in the world. So, when I came across a trip to Cabo San Lucas for two, all inclusive for 5 days for $595 I called my niece, Kristal and asked if she wanted to take the trip of a lifetime once she finished her 20 rounds of chemotherapy. Of course, she jumped at the opportunity and it gave her something to look forward to at the end of the road.
Kristal was diagnosed with Stage 3 Osteosarcoma 16 months prior to us leaving for Mexico. At the time she was diagnosed, she was 4 months pregnant with their second child, Fischer. She lives near Houston and went to MD Anderson for cancer treatment and they began her chemotherapy while she was pregnant.
They decided to take the baby early once they believed his lungs were developed and they knew he would survive. The one thing Kristal was determined to do was to not give up her baby because of the cancer. Little Fischer was born October 10, 2013, 6 weeks early, but a perfectly healthy baby boy!
Almost immediately after Fischer was born, Kristal was back to MD Anderson for surgery to remove the grapefruit sized tumor on her left hip. This would involve removing portions of her hip and pelvis. When recovered, she would have to walk with a lift in her shoe, a limp and a cane the rest of her life. After the surgery, she underwent grueling physical therapy and additional chemo to rid the body of any remains of the cancer. She left MD Anderson just 6 weeks after her surgery, able to walk out of the hospital on her own.
In order to purchase our trip, we had to book our reservation at the time I purchased it online, so we decided to go September 12-17, 2014. With our room booked all she had to do was get through the last of her chemotherapy.
As we got closer to our departure date Kristal and I would visit about how going to Cabo was on her bucket list of places she wanted to visit. It was what kept her positive and kept her going through those last rounds of chemo. She was looking forward to taking her port out the end of August so that by the middle of September she could swim with the Dolphins.
As our departure grew near, the plan was for Kristal to drive up from Houston the day before and for us to fly out together, on the same flight on the 12th. In order to pack properly, I had been checking the weather for Cabo San Lucus regularly and it was supposed to rain on Monday. Every other day we were there was less than a 30% chance of rain. In Texas, that means you are pretty much in the clear. I packed two umbrellas for the one day it was supposed to rain and waited for Kristal to drive up.
The plan was she was going to leave Houston when her oldest boy, Aiden got home from which would have been around 4:00 p.m. That did not happen. Her husband, Mikey, got stuck at work and didn’t get home until after dinner. The new plan was for Kristal to go to bed early and get up around 2:00 am and drive up to Fort Worth in time to leave for the airport at 9:00.
As it turned out, Kristal woke up at 1:00 am to drive to Fort Worth that morning, arriving around 8:00. Close to my house is a Walgreens and a Starbucks and she texted me that she needed to get something at the drugstore and until they opened she was going by Starbucks to get some instant Via Coffee Packets to take with us to Mexico. I was so anxious for her to get to my house, my only response was, “Get your ass here!”. I was tired of waiting!! I wanted to go!!! We were both so excited to be going on this adventure!