Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

My grandmother died of breast cancer a few years ago. Every time I see a pink ribbon, I am cheered because I know someone, somewhere cares about what happened to her. I think, though, that other cancers deserve to be remembered as clearly. Especially the cancers that strike our most vulnerable: our children.

Mrs. Staff Sergeant has a son who recently attained a remission status, yet is going to face increased health risks the rest of his life due to the cancer treatments he had when he was about Oscar's age. I really did not know until reading her blog that this was a reality for kids who went through cancer at such a young age. Survival for them sometimes means more problems later.

Obviously, there is always the question of what to do now that you know. I am not entirely sure I have the answers myself, but I wanted to link Keri's blog so you can go back and read it this month. She is going to post stories from families who have faced this demon. I think at the very least, we all need to understand more about what has befallen so many others around us.

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Mrs.Spy said...

Great post and it's important that we help keep this cause on the forefront.
Cancer affects us all in one way or another- some at an arm's length and some it hits right through the core of the heart and soul. Research, funding and support are always in great need for those touched by cancer.
Thanks for posting this. :)

Sharon Cohen said...

I, too, thank you for posting this. So often we do not know the long term trials of others - until we have something happen that causes us to relate. Every so often - someone comes along (like you) to bring the circumstance of others to our view for no other reason than compassion. Thank you.

Thanks also for the link on MMB. I'm #29 "Would You Be That Woman?"

Mormon Mommy Blogs said...

thanks you so much for sharing this. It's never truly "over" when it comes to cancer.