Sunday, September 26, 2010

An Important Reminder

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month - something I don't get the chance to forget because I am the mother of a child who was treated for Stage IV hepatoblastoma in 2005 and 2006. While parts of Leah's treatment have faded a bit, there is (and always will be) a scar that we bear from everything she went through. It has faded over time, but will never entirely disappear.

Recently I read a review about a teenager's memoir of her cancer diagnosis and treatment. Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, by Melinda Marchiano is the type of book that I am not sure I can yet read, but that I hope many people do. This is a firsthand account of what it feels like to be diagnosed with cancer as a child, and the actual ins and outs of treatment. Happily, Marchiano survived Hodgkins Lymphoma and is now healthy, yet I am sure that all she endured will never fade entirelyfor her, either.

Caribou's Mom is hosting a giveaway of this important book. While I would love to win one, I encourage you all to visit her site where you can read her review of Marchiano's story, and find a way to support Pediatric Cancer Research yourself.
Visit Reading for a Cure and find out how you can help children like Melinda and my daughter, Leah.


Wendy said...

Thanks for this great post, Tina...I hope many people will want to join in this cause. I've entered you for five chances in the giveaway - good luck!

Peaceful Reader said...

Great post...glad we have much to celebrate!!