We chronicle Teri's harrowing journey that began with a shock & awe diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia on 2/10/10. Her path has traversed multiple rounds of chemotherapy, remission, fruitless worldwide donor search, relapse, near demise from a superbug, resuscitation by an autologous (self) transplant, birth of her first grandchild Jack, and a mismatched haploidentical/umbilical cord transplant on 2/15/11 and myriad complications. This is her story as fought valiantly to the end.
In their wake, I still discover sticky notes
left over from their made up games, hidden behind furniture, on the back of the
toilet seat, in the shower.
Obviously ... in code
of turbocharging my Canadian pied-à-terre.
At YVR, it begins with a hug from Jack and a punch from
Naomi and ends much the same.
And then … it is all fast
Unadulterated verve … go, Go, GO with max audio (squealing)! No
walking, only running, hopping, skipping, jumping between cracks or carpet
squares (‘break your mother’s back’).
Continuous climbing, jumping (couch trampoline), spinning, sliding,
swinging, zipping. Exuberant
exploration. Punctuated by truncated jet
Watermania (indoor water park), Fraser River/Waterfront/David
Lam Parks (climbing structures), Terra Nova (outdoor adventure playground with
zip line), Lonsdale Quay (shops/indoor climbing structure), Fun4kids (Indoor
climbing/slide/maze structure), Kidstropolis (indoor kids town and climbing/slide/maze
structure) by public
Steering in Kidstropolis
Piloting in Kidstropolis
Gastown, Granville Island (Kids mall), Daiso $2 store, feeding
giant coi at friend’s pond ...
Electronic fobs – take turns.
‘Compass’ (electronic transit cards) – take turns. Escalators – jump step. Buses – pull stop cord. Sky Train (driverless elevated train) – hold
on. Ferry – go to the front. Sea taxi.
Let’s put gong gong (maternal granddad) in prison (Kidstropolis). Escape,
chase, capture, imprison, escape, chase, capture, imprison, escape chase,
capture, imprison ... ‘Gong gong
catch us’ in the climbing structure (note:
4’ high passage ways, full of obstacles, and steep skin
scraping slides) – attempted but impossible. Gong gong, find the hidden (on stickies)
numbers and letters ...
Rediscovering Vancouver through 3 and 5 year old eyes.