Letters from the Heart

By Kelly Gates

Monday, May 7 2018

Carter & Mom

Dear Carter,

On April 30, 2013, our perfect little world shattered when we heard the words, “Carter has leukemia.” Never did it occur to me that my sweet, smart, Lego®-loving 8-year-old could get cancer.

You were soon transported to Children’s Hospital Colorado where we met the kindest, most compassionate caregivers. They eased our fears and started treatment to save your life. You underwent three and a half years of chemo, not to mention bone aspirations, brain radiation, central lines, surgeries, severe pain, nausea, countless hospital stays and more needle pokes than a person should get in several lifetimes.

As terrifying as this was, we felt blessed to be in such an amazing hospital. The doctors and nurses at Children’s Colorado embraced us and became family. Not only did they save your life, but they made the unbearable bearable. They gave us hope that you would get through this… and you did! You are now in remission.

Through it all, you taught me what it means to be brave. You taught me to smile in the darkest of times. You taught me that “attitude is everything.” Watching you battle this beast has been the hardest but proudest time of my life.

There is no greater gift than being your mother. I can’t wait to see you grow up and follow your dream of becoming an oncology nurse.

You are truly a gift in every way. I love you to the moon and back again.

- Mom

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