Oreo: The Bunny

Oreo: The Bunny

While Peyton went through radiation treatment in Seattle, she quickly lost her ability to walk, move, and interact with others. She was bored, angry, depressed, and sad. With little to do or say, she picked at her nose and fingers and occasionally watched her favorite shows on TV. Laura asked her what would make her feel good, and Peyton said, “a bunny,” specifically, a black and white one, and she said she would name it Oreo.  At first, Peyton’s family thought this meant a stuffed rabbit, but soon realized that they were talking about a real, live rabbit! On one of her frequent visits, Laura came in and put Oreo in Peyton’s lap. The intensity of her smile and joy was overwhelming, and her attention to this soft little rabbit was extraordinary. Laura brought Oreo to visit often, and Peyton anxiously looked forward to each visit with great anticipation. Her whole world revolved around seeing Oreo, making each daily trip to the hospital for radiation treatment bearable, as she knew that when she was done, she’d be reunited with her furry new friend. Oreo sat in her lap when needed, providing comfort and understanding that only an animal can share. As Peyton felt strong enough to move to the floor, her favorite activity was watching the bunny hop around the floor and flip toys through the air. With her new companion, Peyton showed joy and relaxation like never before. She smiled and communicated more, was more agreeable to taking her medications, and in much better spirits all around. Thank you, Laura, for this uniquely special gift.

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