Go “GOLD” for our kids

Today is Sept. 1…this is CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.. though everyday we should be aware.

No it’s not something we enjoy thinking about, but it’s a reality for many of us. Actually 46 new parents a day.

No, I never thought while watching St.Jude’s  commercials, that, that could be us!!! I always thought “that happens to other people”..

I never imagined entering this world of the unknown, I didn’t even know much about it at all..

Now I know more than I ever wanted…

We have lost so many everyday, which should not be ok..

We need more awareness, more research and more funding.

Here is my son, Trey.. Just 2 weeks after he was diagnosed with “neuroblastoma” in Nov. of 06.. and this picture was taken 2 days after his 1st. birthday, which he spent recovering from surgery and starting chemo.  We were and have been blessed, that he is still here with us now almost 6 years later. It has been a long ongoing road..

This picture was taken over a year later, after switching hospitals and making many difficult decisions, that we had to go searching for on our own.

Meaning that we didn’t have many resources, and left the care up to the Drs. until they basically were grasping at straws, and that’s when we took over and started looking into different options. But this isn’t the way it should be.. All hospitals should work together for whats best for the patient and we need more people being aware, that this isn’t SO RARE.. if it could happen to us.. it can happen to you.

Thankfully we still have Trey, and he has  just came back a couple of weeks  ago from his 6 month check up in New York at MSKCC, and is still holding stable. Like I said , this is a long ongoing battle, where some kids battle harder and longer or theirs end all too soon. We are all affected by it. We grow close to many and establish bonds that you can never understand until you’ve been there.

So please this month, donate to CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH charity. Take toys to a childrens oncology floor, give a family you might know a gas card.. Paint your Facebook gold, contact the American Cancer Society and request they give more funding to childhood cancer research.

We have to fight for them, because kids can’t do it alone.

Disclaimer: these photos of cancer awareness, were taken from public sites I have no rights or ownership to them..

Comfort in the time of Mourning ……

I have an overwhelming sadness over me today as another (child) a long time friend we met along this Journey of the  ”cancer” world has passed away..

Psalm 73:26 (kjv) My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever

Job 16:5

King James Version (KJV)

5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Matthew 5:4 (kjv)Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 11:25-30(KJV) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Philippians 4:6(KJV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

As I am anxious, with the feelings of, “why not us?” “when are we next?” “when will Trey’s cancer take over”?……So many are gone and Satan tries to discourage me and wants us to live in fear..

Revelation 21:4 (KJV) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

SO TRUE………………

 God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute.
Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest

Your sorrow itself shall be turned into joy. Not the sorrow to be taken away, and joy to be put in its place, but the very sorrow which now grieves you shall be turned into joy. God not only takes away the bitterness and gives sweetness in its place, but turns the bitterness into sweetness itself.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon The Spurgeon Archive

As I don’t want to leave you with my sadness, we all have hope and SALVATION  through  Jesus Christ.. and one day we will be reunited with those that left before us ..

1 Corinthians 15:52-57(KJV) In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We all will leave this earth at one time or another, it’s just so sad to see these children that only have such a short life and have to fight and suffer while they’re here. I know that God has a plan.. It’s what we do with that while we’re here.. and how we respond to it.. This also doesn’t mean that we just lay down and wait for something to happen. We can still fight and look for a cure,  but without CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS and support for these kids fighting, it won’t happen…

Jeremiah 29:11-13

King James Version (KJV)

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

www.beatcancertoday.org   www.bandofparents.org  www.curesearch.org   these are just a few places you can support and bring awareness…

 

I leave with a poem….(not by me)

Hope in Heaven’s Day

Grief be mine, I ask you so, If not for you, I wouldn’t know, How life once was and then be still, How so precious, that death do steal. Because that grief, won’t go away, Learn to let it have its way. The link to love, a precious one, Is met with grief and still not done. The days do come, and nights do go, Grief will stay as time is so. And so a loved one passes on, And grief comes in and carries on. Does grief get better, I will ask, It’s hard to say, while at its task. There is grief to help us cope, There is God to give us hope. Grief will surely go away, On that glorious heaven’s day. But while its here, there’s just one thing, Pray our Lord, for peace he’ll bring.  Arlene Dery