What a tale of an all-encompassing love that is somewhat Romeo & Juliet-esque in that it will also be so short-lived – a tale of True Love shared with you on this Valentine’s Day.
For the past year and a half, 19-year-old Dustin Snyder has been battling a rare form of cancer called synovial sarcoma — undergoing treatments to remove the tumors, only to watch them return and ravage his body.
One day before Dustin’s 18th birthday, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Doctors discovered the cancer in his left lung, which is rare.
Synovial sarcoma is a slow-growing cancer that typically attacks the soft tissues near large joints and, in some cases, is initially misdiagnosed as arthritis or bursitis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sometimes, however, it can develop in the kidneys and lungs.
“The goal is to remove the cancer and a margin of healthy tissue around it,” according to the clinic. “This can sometimes mean the removal of an entire muscle or muscle group, or even amputation.”
Snyder’s mother said he underwent chemotherapy and radiation “hoping to save the lung.” But several months later, doctors had to remove it.
The work that we do is often heartbreaking, and listening to all the stories of the battles that our Little Fighters and their families are facing, sharing the news that another Little Fighter has earned his wings and constantly trying to source more funding to enable us to do what we do can be heartbreaking, frustrating and depressing… but then we get to do what we are here for… to make the lives of our Little Fighters a little bit easier… to show them some love… to give them some treats… and to put a smile on their faces, and it makes all the difficult times worthwhile as we remember why we do what we do…
Today Team Little Fighters Cancer Trust would like to reach out to all Mothers to wish them all Love, Light & Strength on this Mother’s Day.
A Child’s Angel
Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born.
One day he asked God: “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,
how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”
GOD replied, “Among the many angels, I chose one for you.
She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”
“But tell me, here in Heaven, I don’t do anything else but sing and smile,
that’s enough for me to be happy.”
“Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day.
And you will feel your angel’s love and be happy.”
“And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me,
if I don’t know the language that men talk?”
“Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear,
and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”
“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”
“Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”
“I’ve heard that on earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?”
“Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.”
“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”
“Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you
the way for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.”
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven,
but voices from earth could already be heard.
And the child in a hurry asked softly: “Oh God, if I am about to leave now,
please tell me my angel’s name.”
“Your angel’s name is of no importance,
you will call your angel: ‘Mommy’.”
~ By Erma Bombeck ~