It's been a few days since we've had any news here, so I figured it was time for a new post.
First off, there's nothing particularly momentous or earth-shattering to report, which is a nice change. We've had a good weekend reconnecting as a family - we've spent a lot of time just being together, watching movies, playing games on the Wii, reading books, talking, laughing, crying. Sunday we spent a good part of the day at the church with the Sunday School picnic - Kol had a lot of fun, although judging from his behavior later that day, he may have overdone things. Still, it was good to see him acting very much like his old self, and good to see friends at church that we haven't seen for a few weeks.
Kol has an appointment with the radiation oncologist next Monday (June 21), and hopefully we'll find out what his treatment schedule looks like at that point in time. We also had a good discussion with our naturopath last Thursday, and we're working on a complementary treatment for Kol, focusing on nutrition and overall health to support his body through the various other conventional therapies that are coming up.
We're slowly beginning to come to terms with everything that's happened, although I still often find myself in denial - it's taken me a while to get used to using terms like "tumor" and "cancer" (and I'm still having problems with that last one), and when someone suggests things like the Children's Wish Foundation my first reaction is "that's for kids that might die, that's not for us!" Obviously, it's taking a while for the seriousness of this to sink in for me. It all still seems somewhat surreal, like a bad dream that I expect to wake up from soon.
My parents and an old friend of the family came down to visit tonight and have supper with us - it was a very nice time, Kolbjorn was very much his old self (driving everyone crazy with "knock-knock" jokes), and everyone being relaxed and enjoying themselves. It felt... normal. Felt good. I'm treasuring these interludes of normalcy between the more dramatic segments of our life, and trying to relax and enjoy them as they come.