The last few days I've been telling her that people will stop asking her "what happened to your eye" once she has that prosthetic. She's beginning to warm up to the idea. In fact, the other day she came to me and said, " Mommy, your eye is not broken." I said, "yes you are right. My eye is not broken."
She then said in a very matter of fact way, "Mine is. I'm going to get a new one. I'm excited!!"
It was a breakthrough! To hear excitement from her about it made my day!
Yesterday, we had the fantastic opportunity to meet a fellow retinoblastoma survivor. Over 20 years ago,a girl named Hannah was diagnosed and subsequently lost her eye as well. Hannah is now a very sweet young lady who reached out to me back in March after Ania's story aired on NBC with the hopes of meeting Ania. That meeting finally became a reality and it couldn't have gone any better. Hannah arrived and we sat around the table and chatted about her cancer story. Ania just watched her and was a little shy at first but she warmed up to her quickly.
Hannah then brought out 7 little boxes. Inside those boxes was the history of her "eyes." She took each of the beautiful works of art out and just let us look at them. Ania was a little afraid to handle them at first but slowly she became more comfortable.
While Hannah and I were talking, something sort of magical started to happen-
Always the creative girl, Ania started arranging the eyes into a smily face! That just made my heart jump for joy because that showed me that she really was ok with all of this. I know when we show up to meet the ocularist, it will be a little less scary for her because it will be familiar- and I'm sure they will have lots of eyes for Ania to arrange into artwork :)
Thank you to dear Hannah for making Ania more comfortable with what's to come. You really did a huge favor for us and made quite an impression on Ania!