September 30, 2012

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Ellie

For the last piece in this series that many of you have been so gracious to support and spread the word on, I would like to talk more about Ellie.

Before I do that, I would like to thank each and every supporter! This was a hard subject to put into words, and I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. Next September I plan to do it up big! I hope to have special guest bloggers (childhood cancer survivors/fighters/family members), giveaways to support research, and whatever else I can think of.

Ellie was diagnosed Christmas of 2000. We lived 3 hours away from where she was seeking treatment and being diagnosed which put an added strain on my family.
This is Ellie before she was diagnosed. So blonde!

She was truly too young to know what was going on.
She was an angel through it all.

She was not able to ever shower or swim during chemo because of her central line. I will always remember the first time she was able to jump into a pool after she got it out. There were many pictures of her where the chemo made her swell, but those are too hard for me to share.

Unfortunately my cousin was also diagnosed with childhood leukemia after her. Thankfully the both went into remission and are thriving teenagers!

Here she is now. She is second from the right. This was before her homecoming. She is always and inspiration and always beautiful.

She would give the clothes off her back to anyone. She is the nicest person and I learn and look up to my little sister everyday.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


  1. thank you for sharing your story! so happy that she is doing so well! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this! She is so beautiful )

  3. Aww these posts get me every time. So happy Ellie's here with you today!

  4. So happy that she is a survivor :)

  5. Thank you so much for sharing with us these last few days! Ellie is gorgeous and I am so glad both she and your cousin are doing well. I can't believe the hardship your families must have gone through. And double the heartache with two kids suffering from it. :(( <3

    P.S. also meant to tell you you won my Starbucks card giveaway! Just email me your address and I'll send the card right out! :)

  6. This is so beautiful and what a testimony she has to share! Thank you for sharing these posts with us through the week. We need more people like you in the world!

  7. She grew into a beautiful young woman. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I got chills again. I am SO glad she's alive and well! And she is so gorgeous!! I'm so glad that you've been able to share all of this

  9. Your sister is precious and so happy you shared her story to inspire and comfort others. So glad they are both with you today!

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