Claremore Daily Progress

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April 26, 2014

Amanda’s Battle Cry



It is days before Amanda’s battle. She eats anything she wants, especially sweets and she enjoys herself at a Thunder basketball game. She plays her piano, revelation song, this will be here battle cry. Most importantly, she gets to say goodbye to her 10-month-old daughter, Skylar, one more time. She rocks her baby until she falls asleep. When Skylar wakes up her mom will not be home for a month.
In the coming days, Amanda will do a lot of sleeping while inside her body a battle rages. Her immune system is depleting because of the high dose chemo. She can no longer have physical contact with anyone even mildly sick. She cannot see her daughter, but she can occasionally see her husband, grandma, and even a few friends. She is a long drive from home, and is often fighting loneliness and boredom. 
Her hospital room is small. There is one chair, her bed, and an inconveniently shaped bathroom. There is one window, the only reminder of the world outside her battle. Out that window she can see the capital of Oklahoma, and the Indian statute on top of the building.  She hoped to have her piano to help her pass the time, but her room was just too small she will have to wait. She hopes the next song she plays will feel like victory not war. 
The chemo begins taking effect, Amanda feels nauseous, tired, and she has painful sores developing in her mouth. This chemo treatment is stronger than any other treatment she has previously endured. It is painful and draining and yet her battle has just begun. 
Beside her bed is a poster cut out of her daughter. She calls it her makeshift Skylar. The little girl has a red dress and a big smile. It serves as a reminder of what is at stake, and why it is so important she wins. 

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