There is a newly created Facebook page with the title above that I would love to have all of you “like.” Even though this page was just created yesterday, there are already over 2,000 people who have joined in the request.
There is so much that people need to know about childhood cancer. I think that when children suffer, it is difficult for people to see and hear about. I understand. The important thing is, if no one looks, no one sees, no one will help and these children and families who are barely hanging on are alone in their nightmare. We cannot do this– we cannot let these children and families claw and struggle their way through the misery. Yes, it is horrible– but what we can do about this is beautiful.
It’s time for us to take off our “Fuzzy Glasses” and look at the realities of childhood cancer that exist before us. I pray that my book will do for these families and children exactly what I intended it to do… help. I want to thank this “sister” of a 2 year-old cancer patient for sharing this with me after she read Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery:
“My mom bought an early copy, and I’ve been up all night reading (and re-reading) it. It’s indescribable… it’s the first time I’ve ever read/heard of a story that was similar to that of my sister and family. Everything that you went through…. the fighting against this illness, the SURVIVING, even the depression that you went through after remission, was something that my family endured. Your detailing of treatment was what I needed, to hear in words what my baby sister was going through. She was too young to articulate her pain, and your book put into words what I saw everyday for two-and-a-half years. I thank God that she was too young to be depressed about her situation…but I wasn’t. I struggled for years, even after she was given a clean bill of health, with anxiety and depression and God knows what. Your book helped me realize that I wasn’t alone.
I just wanted to send you a message and let you know that you are really one of the most amazing people I’ve met. Seriously. Thank you for putting into beautiful words your experiences with cancer… your book is something that I’ll keep forever.”
There are so many ways we can reach out and help. What a blessing it is to be able to help!
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