Musings of an Onco Mom: This Grief Thing

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Earlier today I was going through Facebook, and a link to the post below came up in my feed.

Musings of an Onco Mom is a blog that Lisl, mother to Emma, has been posting to since July 2014, when Emma was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

If anyone wants to try to understand what a family goes through when a child is diagnosed with cancer, read through this heartfelt blog about Lisl’s fight with their daughter against Leukaemia as they go through the diagnosis, treatment, and time in hospital… you may just get a hint of what Childhood Cancer does to the child and the family. THIS is why Little Fighters Cancer Trust does what we do.

Today’s post by Lisl… on the 6th month anniversary of Emma’s passing… is about grief… about how one handles it when a child of yours dies…

This Grief Thing

Today marks six months since Emma died.

But to me it’s another day without her – one where I work through my grief just like I did yesterday and like I will do tomorrow. This grief thing, that no-one can define or put parameters to, that is unpredictable and unexpected and everywhere, and never. the. same.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross put together the five stages of grief in 1969 and since then our understanding of them has changed considerably. They are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.”

Please read the rest of this article, and then read some of the other posts and you may just understand... just a little bit….


Our thoughts and love go out to Emma’s family today and every day.
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About LFCT

CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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