Cancer: (n.) what Janie has that makes her sick.
Bald and Beautiful: (n.) the fashion style Janie now prefers
Beep Beep: (n.) the sound of Janie’s life
Visiting Hours: (n.) the best hours of the day
Tumor: (n.) Bad
Malignant: (adj.) Worse
Metastasize: (v.) Worst
Crying hours: (n.) the ones after Visiting Hours
Bed surfing: (v.) what Janie does to let the nurses know she cares
Hospital: (n.) Janie’s new home for a while
Oncologist: (n.) the lady who knows the bad, the worse, and the worst and won’t let even that get Janie down.
Chemotherapy: (n.) a way to make Janie better
“The cure is worse than the curse”: (phr.) what Dad always says the day after chemotherapy
Gown: (n.) the clothes Janie wears everyday now. She says it makes her feel like a princess because she could never wear gowns at home.
JG time: (n.) when Mom and Dad take baby Sam with them to go get coffee and Janie lets me climb into bed with her and we imagine we’re flying through space or exploring the ocean or driving race cars and it’s just me and Janie like it used to be.
TV freedom: (n.) Watching tv as much as you want. The only good thing about cancer.
Fighter: (n.) My fourteen year old sister Janie