Sorry & Thank You, My Hero
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
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
Posted on 23 September, 2016, in Blog, Onco Parents and tagged Child Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Children with Cancer, Little Fighters, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Neuroblastoma, paediatric cancer, Pediatric cancer, pediatric cancer awareness, Reece, south africa. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.