She was so excited.
Friday marked 662 days since that fateful day in October when we learned that Shylah had cancer, so you can imagine how exciting and meaningful Friday’s visit to the Wishing Place was for all of us.
At this time last year, we were in a very different place in her journey. In fact, here is a year over year picture of Shylah that I created after looking back at photos from this time last year.
The purpose of Shylah’s visit to the Wishing Place was to meet with Make-A-Wish staff so they could learn all about Shylah, her dreams, her favorite things and greatest wishes.
Wish Coordinator Michelle Cooper did a wonderful job interviewing Shylah. We enjoyed watching Shylah respond to all of the fun series of “get to know you” questions.
Ultimately, the goal was to try and determine the one thing Shylah would just love to do, have, be or meet. That is how Make-A-Wish breaks down the possibilities for wishes.. You can wish to do something, have something, be something or meet somebody. Michelle took Shylah through all four categories, letting Shylah write or draw her wishes on the Wishing Wall.
So, what did Shylah wish for?
Well, it is hard to say. At five years old, it was a bit challenging to get something clear from her.. In fact, it will be interesting to see what Make-A-Wish comes up with from what they did gather from Shylah. I think it is safe to say that it will be princess related. Not only did Shylah dress up (she dresses herself), wearing her own princes dress, but when asked, “what do you want to be?” , being a princess was the most definitive thing she said during the process.
The morning concluded with a wishing ceremony that was held in a special room. Shylah received a special necklace with a key that opened a door into the Wishing Tower. In the Wishing Tower was a… Wishing Well. With stars in the sky, music and mood lighting, Shylah was told to throw her wish into the well when she was ready. She took a moment and then tossed it in. Later that day she told her mom, Tarah that she was praying before tossing in her wish.
It was a magical experience and Shylah enjoyed every minute of it.
We aren’t exactly sure when we will hear back from the team at Make-A-Wish, but we will keep you posted. They do some pretty amazing things for many kids.
Shylah is doing great. Her immune system is pretty good and she is tracking with a final treatment date sometime in February if all goes as it should. In the meantime, she remains on the “maintenance phase” for treatment. She take chemo each day at home, and only has to go into the clinic once each month for her infusions. She’s a trooper and we are so grateful for her progress. We even took a vacation this summer and headed to Sisters, OR. It was amazing to have focused family time. We enjoyed every minute of it.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Shylah. It means a lot to us. You can follow shylah on our blog: Pray for Shylah.