I am addicted... to blogs - reading them and updating my own. But it wasn't always like that. Before Bianca became sick, I really had no idea what blogging was all about. Then Bianca became sick and the internet sort of became my life. I read and Googled and read some more! I've never read more on any other subject than I did about cancer. So hubby encouraged me to start my own. Not only would it be helpful to me for writing about our journey, but… Continue
Today my family went to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital to hand out Girl Scout cookies at an event called We Care For Kids. I went prepared with printed out statistics praying to be interviewed. And I just saw the segment on TV. It started out with the words "September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month,..." And the only quote they used from me was "breast cancer and prostate cancer get one third of all money for cancer research, the overall survival rate for breast cancer is 90%, for prostate… Continue
Here is a story that Joe and I received on the day that Zack's last needle biopsy showed his final relapse of diffuse anaplastic Wilms:
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each… Continue
So, some of you may glance at my PAC2 profile and wonder what my connection with childhood cancer is, and that's OK. Most college students my age haven't witnessed what I have, and therefore might not feel as passionate about CC as I do. Rather than typing paragraph after paragraph for you to read though, I figured I'd be creative and do a little partial photojournalism of my own (plus, my profile SERIOUSLY lacks some visuals.)
a friend of mine told me i should start blogging about childhood cancer and everything having to do with it because i'm so passionate about it.
so THAT'S what i'm going to start doing. even though i'm not a parent of a child with cancer, i still feel strongly enough to want to do something about it. once i get a good topic to start off on, i will link you all to the blog, and we can start talking! :)
basically i'm thinking the blog will be another place to personally share… Continue
On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, almost a year to the date of Grace's diagnosis, Grace participated in a ceremony at the Rhode Island State House to honor Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. There were children and families there from all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts - each with a cancer story. Each child shook hands with the Governor and received a certificate and medal declaring her/him a Tomorrow Fund Ambassador. The Tomorrow Fund is a Rhode Island based non-profit that supports children… Continue
Ok, here's a question, and I HOPE someone can answer it.
Why isn't there more awareness on childhood cancer??
See they have telethons for MDA, and EVERYONE knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and people do fundraisers for that, but NO ONE that I have talked to knows that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
I know they do fundraisers for St. Jude, but why cant childhood cancer have a 24 hr. telethon? I think we need to do something… Continue
Here is some info about a walk happening here in Fort Worth on October 4th .We will be celebrating the life of Trinity Bright , sweet angel who was attacked by DIPG in the spring of 2007 . The fund raised will go the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation .
My son, Caleb Whan, lost his life to a horrible monster named Leukemia. Caleb fought a valiant battle for over 7 months; just to have this disease take his future and leave us with only 4 short years of his life. Caleb passed on to heaven on March 28th 2008. I have been thinking a lot lately of how to persuade people to get aboard and make a change for the good in this sick world of Childhood Cancer. The most difficult challenge I face, is to get people to… Continue
Added by rob whan on September 22, 2008 at 6:59pm —
I'd been wandering around the PAC2 halls again this morning, before I slipped away offline; I walked away from the computer but for some reason I was drawn back to it. When I sat down, I pulled up Microsoft Office Word with no idea why; but after letting my fingers once again do the walking over the keyboard, apparently I'd been inspired and a seed had been planted. This was the outcome of 10 minutes of allowing my fingers and brain to collaborate without allowing time to rethink any words that… Continue
Well, it is August 10, 2008. Just one short year ago we got the news that we would all be battling this damning disease of Leukemia. Since the first day there was no doubt in my mind that you would be healed of this monster. You were so strong, brave, innocent and beautiful, there was no way that God would have taken you away from us. I knew just as I am sitting here breathing that you would conquer this. I had hope through the entire battle. I never thought that we would… Continue
Here's something I found 3 months ago that really resonated with me, how 'bout you?
When Thumbs Up Is No Comfort
By JAN HOFFMAN
Published: June 1, 2008
OVER the Memorial Day weekend, the actor Patrick Swayze, who is being treated for pancreatic cancer, made a pointedly public appearance at a Los Angeles Lakers game, looking strong-jawed and bright-eyed. He released a statement about his lively schedule and good response to therapy.… Continue
Project Brain Child is an effort of the Pediatric Low Grade Glioma Association.
Members Project is a program sponsored by American Express where cardmembers submit innovative ideas for projects that make a difference. Cardmembers vote on the projects, and the winning 5 projects will receive up to $1.5 million in funding from American Express, awarded as follows:…
When I became a dental hygienist 14 years ago, I thought my future was set. For the first five years after graduation, I had always said, "I will NEVER go back to school! I've paid my dues." Well, as they say, "Man plans, God laughs"!
Truth be told, I have always wanted to be an RN, but I never had the guts to pursue the dream....until now. Before I even started hygiene school, the Lord was whispering the dream of nursing to me, but I was too stubborn to listen. The whisper… Continue