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Sean Rooney
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Normal is good
She's got his cheeks, his nose, some of his clothes and all of his ability to be cute. She's also got an oximeter on her foot at night, ready to alert us if anything goes wrong. The new normal with Samantha is surprisingly similar to how Dominic was, almost...

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So much to live up to
I'm sorry, baby girl. You've got impossibly high expectations to live up to, and we're scared as hell about you. You'll never know your brother. But his legend will forever cloud how people think of you, what they expect from you. He was so happy! He slept ...

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Nesting
  It's a month away from baby girl's due date and we've finally flipped the switch: It's time to get ready for her. Sure, we did the room a month ago, but now that Trish has had to cut back her hours at work due to nausea and just generally being exhausted,...

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Room to grow
For more than a year the door remained closed. His bed, unmade since he slept in it last. A bib in the hamper. A plastic bag labelled chemotherapy on the dresser, with a couple water-filled syringes inside. We couldn't bring ourselves to do anything with it...

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To infinity
We only met once or twice. Our time together is measured in minutes, not days, months, or years. But we'll never forget them. Kids with cancer tend to do that to you. Zander wasn't even awake when we came to see him and his parents. His brain cancer and the...

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A long silence
I know this blog has been quiet. Sorry about that. After the 25-hour Extra Life marathon in November we needed a break from everything. First of all let's catch you up. If you don't follow the #Dominicstrong Facebook group or either of us on Twitter, you mi...

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Day -1
When you have a bone marrow transplant there's a countdown to the day it actually happens. In those days you are given more and more chemotherapy, breaking down your immune system for Day 0, which is when the new cells are transplanted from the donor into y...

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Prepping
The dim blue light has been turned off. The door is closed, though the scrapbook-style sign still proclaims this is Dominic's room. Last week I noticed the medical tape holding it up for the past year was starting to give way. I pushed it back up but couldn...

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Ten thousand reasons to smile
After raising some $65,000 last year for the Alberta Children's Hospital through gaming charity Extra Life, it was hard to decide what goals we'd set for the #Dominicstrong team this year. Obviously, they wouldn't be that high. We asked for donations in lie...

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Putting in the work
Chemotherapy every day for months, and a lifetime sentence of always wondering if it'll come back is often a best-case scenario for kids diagnosed with cancer. There are a lot of people working in hopes one day it doesn't have to be that way. There's the sc...
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