Sorry & Thank You, My Hero

childhood_cancer_awareness_September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and once again the Little Fighters Cancer Trust is hard at work sharing everything we can regarding Childhood Cancer and trying to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness by sharing information and Personal Stories with you.

Today we are  sharing another poem filled with heartache, anguish, pain, guilt, thankfulness and all those other emotions that a parent of a Child with Cancer goes through, written by Reece Barends’ mother, Ashleigh Barends aka da mamma.

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust would like to sincerely thank all our Onco Parents that have shared with us in the hope that their stories can help other parents who have children that are ill but are not sure what the problem is, and to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness so that earlier diagnosis can be done.

We will continue to publish more poems and stories by Onco Parents throughout this month as we work hard to bring Childhood Cancer to the fore and spread Childhood Cancer Awareness – all in the effort to inform and educate other parents to the ravages of Childhood Cancer and to remind everyone that

The Best Defence against Childhood Cancer is Awareness and Early Diagnosis


a mothers love

To the most amazing soul I know, Reece…….

I am so sorry that you felt pain for most of your life

As cancer wrapped itself around your body,

I’m sorry I didn’t know.

I’m sorry that you went lame

Before mommy knew something was so very wrong.

I’m sorry that you had to have needles

Burst your veins and knives cut your skin.

I’m sorry mommy allows poison into your body

That makes you so sick that you throw up,

Lose your hair and your appetite.

I’m sorry that you can’t walk yet

And that you can’t go to parties or play school.

I’m sorry that you have to be held down when they put your needle in

While you scream for mama and point at me as if to ask

Why I am letting them do this to you.

I’m sorry that I can’t take this away,

And that there is still so much more you have to endure.


I thank you for your strength my boy, your strength gives me strength,

Thank you for learning new things all the time like a normal happy child,

Thank you for crawling and standing up and so almost walking,

Thank you for laughing and smiling all the time

Thank you for always wanting me around and for cuddling me so often

While patting my back as if to say thank you mom and it’s ok.

Thank you for surviving and having me in awe every day,

Thank you for loving me and for choosing me to be your mum,

I will show you that you chose the right mom and I will make you proud

And I will make up for all that you have to endure.

We are going to have an awesome life because you are destined

For greatness and happiness surrounded by love and faith.

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do…

And you are the toughest person I know,

I gave birth to my hero, my hero is you.

© Ashleigh Barends 22.05.14



About LFCT

This is a blog about 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

Posted on 23 September, 2016, in Blog, Onco Parents and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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