C. Hood
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Being a survivor of Childhood cancer, I want to see a cure for it!
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I am a survivor of Childhood cancer (Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma) for 40 yrs & counting, I'm in this fight for the long haul. The photo I share is of me, back in '68 shortly after I'd gotten out of the hospital.

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Childhood cancer...real names, real faces, real children...a REAL crisis!!

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 3:42am 0 Comments

Today and every day, I want you to consider this:

 

When it comes to murderers, we know their names: i.e. John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Timothy McVeigh (just to name a few)...can we put faces and names to their victims!?!

 

This applies to Childhood cancer as well, it is a thieving, unwanted murderer: DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), Neuroblastoma, JMML (Juvenile MyeloMonocytic Leukemia), Medulloblastoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Lymphoma (just to name a few…

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A Dream...That Was Real!!!

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 4:20pm 0 Comments

You were but a child

Young, inquisitive, innocent

Like the very breath of life

The embodiment of all things pure

The beauty between never and forever

An enrichment to all you touched

Then everything tumbled down

Dreams shattered, crumbled

Yet, that was never the…
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Kindling for my already ferocious fighting spirit!!

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 2:49pm 5 Comments

Fly high and fly free, big brother
Your pain is finally gone
You were unique, like no other
We'll never walk alone!

Yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever 45!

Written @ 11:25 a.m.
In honor and memory of my big bro Chuck who earned his wings at 7 P.M. Pacific time last night (12-17-09) after a 10 1/2 month battle with stomach cancer. He was only 3 1/2 years old when I began my battle with cancer in '68 and now he's gone!! Love you forever and ever, bro!!

A CURE for a thief

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 2:07pm 3 Comments

Oh the day, it makes no sense

As we all try to recompense

The day was hard and oh so trying

Hearts need lifted, spirits crying



Damning diagnosis heard

‘cancer’ - the unspoken word

Violent screaming, sick inside

We cannot run, we cannot hide



A life so precious, full of joy

Don’t touch this loving little boy

A crooked smile, an errant curl

Don’t take this lovely little girl



A stabbing pain, a heartfelt ache

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Think'n Pink, Goin' GOLD!

Posted on October 10, 2009 at 5:56pm 3 Comments

I sit here knowing this is October

Breast cancer Awareness Month

I am supposed to be “Thinking Pink”

And wearing Pink in support

Promoting awareness for Breast cancer

Yet, I am not…



I feel sadness when I see Pink

Not because it doesn’t belong

But because of what it represents

Another damnable cancer to be fought

Yet I know the funding is there

Funding for research…



No denying all the hard work

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At 1:51pm on September 23, 2009, Gwen Smith said…
Hi Carla...missing you too. Hope you can make it to Tenn in May.
At 8:11pm on June 22, 2009, Michaelle said…
Hello my friend!

www.caringbridge.org/visit/lanefickler

www.jmmlfoundation.org
michaelle
At 10:38am on May 11, 2009, Laura Wilwerding said…
I had osteosarcoma and am a right above the knee amputee.
Laura
At 8:00pm on May 10, 2009, Luke Holland said…
Thanks Carla

You are quite wise. Being involved with PAC2 and some other oncology related activities are helping me to get the fire back. I'm coming back to remembering that the positive roles you fill in societal systems are critically important. We all have the roles life has put in front of us and I think we impoverish more than just ourselves when we miss the potential of what good we can accomplish.

It may be the ex-soldier in me talking, but I think Duty allows for much of the strength of the individual to hope and create what is better than what could be.

Take care

Always
Luke
At 3:05am on April 24, 2009, Chris Miller said…
Carla, As sisters go...you're 'DA BOMB' I really love you and
the picture on you sight is one of the best of a bad time. Love you...Sis
At 2:18pm on April 3, 2009, Luke Holland said…
Thanks Carla

Ditto for your capehood too.

I still I wish I hadn't burned out cause I could have been doing much more these past years. Part of being on this site is to see if I can get my soul back on it's feet and start contributing back more again.

Yep Peds Onc is an odd profession specialty in that everyone wants to be out of a job as soon as possible always praying for a cure.

Take care

Always
At 1:25pm on April 2, 2009, Luke Holland said…
Hi Carla

I had a couple of bouts of Hodgkins starting when I was 21. It wasn't childhood cancer but they made a special allowance for me to live at the Durham Ronald McDonald House during treatment. The Army would no longer take me after cancer so from my experiences in Durham I went back into college and started working in Peds Hem/Onc. That's the long story short.

I'm no cape wearer though. I haven't worked in almost a year since I quit my last job at UNCH's BMT program.

The superheros are the kids and their familes that stand by them through it all. And especially the peds onc doctors and other staff who keep at it decade after decade.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air …”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
At 5:34am on March 25, 2009, Mary Anne Thomas said…
Thanks Carla for the note of welcome. I will tinker about the site and sign the petition. I have had a comment that said this site isn't for me. Wilm's tumor is a childhood cancer. Most kids are diagnosed before age 8. I was diagnosed at age three. I was treated with chemo, surgery, chemo again, and then many bouts with radiation. Now that I am in my 40s I am facing issues relating to the chemo and radiation therapy. I don't know how to let people in this community to understand that Wilm's is a childhood cancer. If you have any ideas I would appreciate them. Thanks.
At 3:49pm on February 24, 2009, kirsty sharkey said…
thank you so much for putting me onto this i am going to pass it on to another mum who has a little girl with the same. thankyou x
At 8:37am on February 16, 2009, dari mcmanus said…
hi you. working crazy hours miss you tooo
 
 
 

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