The Heartbreak of Psoriasis. Oprah's courage in admitting she's fat. Or, the courage required to play golf, and the horror of losing a ball? How about the pressure of being a reality TV star. Don't forget the sadness of a company being bought by another? Or the fear of another company under tough times. Being nervous about having to dance with someone.


And last but not least, the grief of Palm Springs parents having to take time off from work to be with their kids because schools are closed from the swine flu "crisis".


Next time you hear someone talk like this, tell them about childhood cancer. Each of these words can be properly applied in that context.

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Comment by Lorna Mahan on July 12, 2009 at 5:38pm
I have reached the point to where I can't even watch Oprah anymore...for how many years have we e-mailed trying to get her to do a show on childhood cancer..far too many. I find myself sceaming at the TV... at her What is it are you having a hard time finding topics for your show!!!! I have a topic for you CHILDHOOD CANCER!!!! I hear you Bob and I feel such a rage that our children are forgotten. Sinjin is ready to use his make a wish to bring childhood cancer to light.
Comment by Chris Hartsfield on May 29, 2009 at 1:42pm
Bob as always you help me not feel bad about how I really feel deep down inside.. and Helen as a mother that just signed a DNR on Monday.. I tell you the pain is deep and real and awful.
Comment by dari mcmanus on May 27, 2009 at 10:05am
8. DISBELIEF in the way our country handles our kids dying.
Comment by Helen Achuff on May 24, 2009 at 8:58pm
One of MANY horrors for me was learning what DNR meant.Believe me,we learned alot of horrifying terms but that one just gets me in the gut.
Comment by AJs Dad on May 19, 2009 at 12:12am
you completed the blog, thank you.
Comment by Deb Klopp on May 18, 2009 at 10:49pm
Well put... got your point... will continue to spread the word... Childhood Cancer is:
1. Heartbreak - for Mom's and Dad's who can't hold, and touch, and love on their child who is in heaven... and for sisters and brothers... lost without their playmate...
2. Courage - for children who's lives and days are filled with appointments, procedures, treatments, pain, for showing adults how to be strong in the face of a monster...
3. Horror - to see what treatments do to children... or of hearing the word reoccurance...
4. Sadness - that covers a family when all they really want is for their child to be well...
5. Fear - of what's next... of the impact of the decisions that need to be made...
6. Nervous - waiting for the results of the next test, treatment, procedure...
7. Grief - over the loss of their child who did not survive and the silence of their child's voice ...

No doubt about it... I think I can properly apply these words in the context of childhood cancer... thanks for the pep talk... Thank you for your voice... and making the point...

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