The Dragon Is Dead, Still: A Postlude (of sorts) to My Son’s Battle with Cancer

David Russell Mosley

ArtistUnknown Spanish (Valencian) Painter Description	 English: «Saint Micheal and the Dragon» with Sword & Buckler, wearing a brigandine with plate armour for hand and legs (as an illustration of armour of second half of 14c and beginng of 15c) Deutsch: Erzengel Michael erschlägt einen Drachen mit dem Schwert. Er trägt eine Brigantine, mit Plattenpanzersegmenten an Armen und Beinen, sowie einen Faustschild (spanische Illustration aus dem späten 14. oder frühen 15. Jahrhundert). Date	circa 1405 Medium	tempera on wood, gold ground Current location	 Metropolitan Museum of Art Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q160236 References Source/Photographer	Metropolitan Museum NY (Public Domain)

Ordinary Time
11 July 2017
The Edge of Elfland
Hudson, New Hampshire

Dearest Readers,

I have wonderful news. Today my son went in for what was meant to be his final MRI. For those of you who don’t know his story, at 8 weeks old one my twin sons was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a kind of childhood cancer. After two rounds of chemotherapy and a flight back to the United States (all of this having taken place in England during my PhD) we were told that his tumor had shrunk and he could be considered cancer free.

Since that fateful day in October of 2014 Edwyn has continued to have urine tests and regular MRIs to check if any cancer showed up in his urine stream or if the tumor had begun growing again. Every time Edwyn had to go back to the hospital, we would be worried. What if this time they said it was growing again? What if it had spread? Once we had just such a scare. An overfull bladder and had made it appear as though the tumor were bigger. That was terrifying.

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