September 27, 2012

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Forgive me that this is a long post, but I hope some of you will take the time out of your busy day to read this.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this month, I am going to take the time to write about my baby sister Ellie.

Ellie was 5 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). From the moment she was diagnosed, she fought hard, not truly knowing what all she was dealing with. One of the most haunting moments in my memory is when she was carried out by my mom and dad, sobbing, "why is everyone sticking needles in me?". I have so many other memories, but I could be here forever talking about them. What I will say is I think of my parents having to watch their little baby girl going through this and it is tough. You have no idea how much they wished they could take Ellie's place in this fight. I wished that I could take her place. I hope to never have to see any of my future children go through this.
My sisters and I
Ellie losing her hair

Before Ellie was diagnosed, I knew cancer was there, and that people got cancer; you would see the images of bald children for Ronald McDonald and St. Jude's. But until it effected me (granted I was only 13) I truly did not understand how unfortunately common childhood cancer was. (The number one killer of children)

Now imagine this headline: "Seven children were killed today as their parents watched in horror." This headline would prompt us all to take a moment to give thanks to our loved ones and maybe lower the flags. But the thing is, that this happens everyday because of the monster called cancer. 

In a divided nation where it is hard to get people to come together for a cause, we really need to draw attention to childhood cancer and stand together for a cure. We need to raise awareness and funding for this disease in an effort to ensure that the children lost are never forgotten and that no parents have to watch their child endure cancer. Or even worse, take their last breath.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know this? Come October we will be flooded with pink ribbons and everyone knows that it is breast cancer awareness month. Let us make September the same. Let us draw awareness. My hope is that someone reading this becomes more aware of this disease and may be moved into action. Be it a monetary donation, passing this post onto others, or thinking about the kids suffering every day.

I know that we could say this about many other diseases out there, but for obvious reason, childhood cancer strikes me.

For the rest of the month I will be writing more pieces about childhood cancer.

p.s. happy 21st birthday to my middle sister Tess! Love you! 


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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

21 comments:

  1. This was so touching. I can't get over how little awareness there is for childhood cancer. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. such a moving piece girl!
    will add your button on my post.... today
    as well as share this on FB!

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  3. When I was 15, my parents brought us kids ice cream and while we ate it we were told my Mom was diagnosed with ALL. With it being a childhood cancer, its very rare that an adult gets it but she did and she was going to start treatment immediately. I had to majorly grow up then to help my Dad be two parents and to help with my two younger siblings. I got my license immediately to help take Mom to the various doctors and appointments and my school was put on alert to allow me to leave whenever it got tough for me or when I had to be somewhere. I learned to drive in every type of weather because that didn't stop us from visiting her daily. She had to have a bone marrow transplant about a year or so after being diagnosed and I know they say you can't tell right away but you could with her - she was smiling more and life was back in her and she was told that she was cancer free. However, that was short lived and shortly before Thanksgiving of 1999, it returned in full force and we were told she wouldn't be with us much longer. Thanksgiving she was here but not here; Christmas was the same but worse. She turned 45 in January, entered the hospital right around then and said her goodbyes a month after her birthday. It got rough around then and I said my goodbyes a week before it actually happened - I wanted to remember her in a good light, not while she was struggling. I will never forget that day that my Dad came into my room at 3 am. He didn't even have to say a word, I just knew.

    Her fight made me who I am today and I hate cancer with a passion. I hate it worse with children because they are more innocent but when a childhood cancer is detected in an adult, which is rare, they don't know what to do in that case either. Sure there was one option my Dad decided not to do on my mom because it was truly experimental but in the end they deemed that it most likely would not have worked. So I hope and pray that one day cancer will be cured.

    I will support all these posts and know that when I say I understand, that I truly do! :)

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  4. I linked over to you and your beautiful post today! XO

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  5. Hey girl!

    I linked up to you in my post. Would you mind linking up mine today or tomorrow in yours?

    Thanks!!!

    Kaitlyn

    http://wifessionals.blogspot.com/2012/09/childhood-cancer-awareness-month-kalyn.html

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  6. Lauren, this is so incredibly touching. I linked this post in mine today. Let's help spread the word!

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  7. This post gave me chills. Wow...thank you for such a beautiful post. It was touching, and really made me think :)

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  8. i copied and pasted this whole post into my blog post today. So touching, thank you for allowing me to spread the word.

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  9. such a sweet little girl! what a touching post. it's the wonderful little people like this that encourage me to be stronger. going to help spread the word!

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I'll have my bachelor in nursing in a few more months, and ALL is such a devastating disease. Your sister is very cute. I wish her the best.

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  11. I wish I could send you a hug, friend! I had chills reading the entire thing. I'm still so shocked at how little this terrible problem is talked about. I'll be sharing this as often as possible. Hugs

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  12. Thanks for sharing your story with us Lauren. So sorry your family had to go through this--sending you a hug friend! I posted your story on my blog to help spread the word.

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  13. This made me cry. I can't imagine how scary going through this was for your family. So glad you are spreading the word that this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I am going to do a post tomorrow and link back to you to help spread the word.

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  14. What a great cause! I am so glad that you are getting your story out there... You are so brave!

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  15. We ran a 5K for Childhood Cancer awareness a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for sharing your story! And I tweeted your link!

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  16. this story hurts my heart and is so very very sad - it's hard to think about and the ones who haven't gone through this can't even begin to wrap their mind around it. your sweet sister spending her 21st birthday in heaven, wow...how wonderful.
    I'm glad you posted this because tons of people (myself included) had no idea there was even a childhood cancer awareness month!

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  17. I am tweeting about this and featuring it in my weekly round up. It's a great topic that should be written about. There is little awareness about specific types of cancer. I sometimes think some are more understandable than others so get more attention. Cancer seems everywhere around me at the moment. I can't wait to read more and help you spread the word.

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  18. Added your button on my guest post from today, Lauren. We all love you & I personally thank you for being such an advocate to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer. Let's beat this monster <3

    Sara

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  19. What a great cause! It really doesn't matter what kind of cancer it is, I think it's just important that we care =) Having a friend who's going through cancer treatment makes me painfully aware of all of that. I can't imagine what it must be like to have a child suffer from it.

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  20. Lauren, as I said previously I don't normal get on during the weekends. However, I will be doing a post for Breast Cancer Awarenss with a local non-profit mommys group I volunteer and am a member with. I contribute to the blog and it copies to the forums website main page. Would you mind if I shared your story? Thank you for posting why this cause is so dear to your heart.

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  21. I put your link in the post and it went up yesterday to the blog, facebook, the forums main page, twitter and triberr. Here is the link http://www.centralfoothillsmommies.com/

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