When you hear the word cancer, most often you associate it with the picture of an adult battling to stay alive. This is different. I acknowledge that all cancers are terrible and nobody should ever go through this hell. Although, when it’s your child, something in your heart changes. I have personally been touched by this type of cancer and although I would give anything just to have a healthy daughter, I am grateful for the change it has made in my family and the doors it has opened in my life. My daughter has shown me what it means to live, along with so many children we’ve met during our journey. We have seen some pass and we have seen some rise, but nothing takes away from the experience and the love that we now actively choose to give every day.
When Jess and I started Honest Mama, we weren’t sure how to present something so delicate. All it took was a memory from the first few months after Frankie being diagnosed, to realize how important this card would actually be. So often, during something like pediatric cancer, friends and family don’t quite know what to say. There is a fear of saying the wrong thing when in reality, all us cancer moms need is to know that we are being thought of and our child’s fight for life is being recognized.
This card shows that it takes a village and Honest Mama is proud to be a part of a village supporting children, mothers and families in the battle against pediatric cancer. We recognize the pain, we recognize the loss, we recognize the fear, we recognize the joy and we recognize you. There is beauty in every struggle and although there may be more rain than sunshine in the moment, you will be ok. Even though I may have a personal experience, that doesn’t mean how I’m surviving is how you are surviving. Sometimes, I don’t know how I do it, but I am reminded that I do it well and so do you.