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.