"We magnetise into our lives whatever we hold in our thought… Perhaps it is no coincidence that you came here."
Richard Bach, Illusions.
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Haley no longer likes to be photographed the way he is, so I have put one that is over a year old and taken just before he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
He has undergone intensive chemotherapy over the past year and his disease appears to be in remission for now. However, he continues to be at a high-risk for recurrence and will eventually have to undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant if he is to live beyond 6 years.
Haley has endured the agony of his condition with a perseverance that is rare for his age. He still likes to hear Bob Marley and and occasionally Bob Dylan, though he doesn't care for much else.
What he desperately cares about is living, and living beyond the disease that has taken his health, his vigour and his laughter.
I do not know what conception a four-year-old has of life or death, but I know for certain that Haley chooses life. Everyday.
While the cancer has debilitated his body, it has unimaginably strengthened his resolve to fight it and live.
Haley understands that his family does not quite have the means to get him the treatment he desperately needs. But that doesn't really dampen his optimism.
When I told him he could have his transplant if he was willing to believe a certain number of unknown people in the world would come together and chose to help out his cause, he said he was willing.
Today as I write this, I am willing to believe too.
One night when I had nothing else to read him to sleep, I risked it out with the only book at hand - a volume by Richard Bach. For some reason, he liked the explanations I gave him after reading every line. Not only did it make sense to him somehow, I got the feeling he agreed with it.
Through the pain and agony of a terrible disease, Haley made himself and me understand how precious life is, every moment of it.
After going through all seven stages of grief and more, I realise having Haley is much more important than the fear and sorrow of losing him. And he realises it too.
And he believes, with all his heart, that everything is going to be all right.
I pray it does.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that you came here.