When I was younger I don't remember anyone that I knew having cancer. In the past 10 years I feel like I hear about a different person being diagnosed with cancer every week. I know so many people fighting this monster, and a few that have lost their battles in the last few years. I have seen my aunt battle it for about 7 years now, even after she was given just a short amount of time to live in the beginning. 2 of my best friends have lost their fathers in the last few years to cancer. I have two friends, my own age, battling it out right now. And now, just two weeks ago, another best friend's life was touched by this insanity - her 14 month old son was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.
I will start by saying that Superbaby (as I will call my friend G's son) had a cancerous tumor successfully removed, and has since had clear scans, so there is no cancer in his body. Hallelujah! We all breathed a collective sigh of relief at this wonderful news, but this is just the beginning of many scans over the next few years.
My friend G has been SuperMama over the last month. Through Superbaby's surgeries and procedures, waiting anxiously by the phone for results, taking care of her 3 year old son, driving an hour into the city multiple times a week for appointments, all the while trying to keep her sanity. She might have gotten a few more gray hairs during all this, but she donned her super cape every day and did what she had to do to take care of herself and her family.
I will admire her always for her strength throughout this time. I wish I could step in her shoes and take over for her sometimes...to help with this emotional burden, because I don't know how she does it. I am so happy to have her, and her family, in my life. She is Auntie to M, and I consider her my family.
It is amazing how people come together at a time like this. G's family and friends raised around $17,000 (in just two short weeks) in Superbaby's name for the Jimmy Fund walk this past weekend. We had 30 people come out and do the actual walk in support of Superbaby too. It was so touching to see little Superbaby surrounded by all of the kids and adults who love him so much. We are all so thankful this was caught so early and we all know in our hearts that he will use his super powers to dodge this for the rest of his life.
Seeing the kids in the walk yesterday just made me realize how out of perspective things in my life get. Here I am getting so upset about M walking funny, or head being oddly shaped, and there are kids battling cancer at her age. Makes me hug her a little tighter and kiss her even more (of course not willingly on her part) every time I see her.
So Mamas, hug and kiss your kids, and tell them you love them more often than you do now.
That is all I have to say...oh and FU Big C. A cure is coming for ya...