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A Happy & Blessed Father’s Day to ALL Fathers!


A good father makes all the difference in a child’s life. He’s a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless.

The father of a Child with Cancer has an even harder job because he must continually stay strong for his child, even when they are in so much pain that it makes him want to cry.

The vulnerability they experience is stupefying and causes self-doubt, general worry, and frustration with the medical care they receive.

The father of a Child with Cancer rises to the challenge, whether holding a vomit bucket while their child empties their insides, squeezing into a tiny bed with their child overnight in the hospital, or delivering countless meds through syringes.

Even when at work, there is no magical “off switch” to shut off the immense stress and worry that onco-dads feel about their family. “It’s hard to focus, especially after a night where you rushed your child to the hospital with a seizure.”

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Late Night Thoughts of A Mother Whose Child Has Cancer (6)


photo of Ethan July 2014

Ethan July 2014

 

Herewith this week’s article as penned by Ethan’s Mom, Gila Jacobs, on her feelings as an Onco Mom in dealing with the daily trials and tribulations of cancer. As originally explained, this article is posted as is to maintain integrity and passion.

 

29 July 2014

I must admit, I have not written anything in a while, mostly because I don’t know how to put down in words what I’m feeling. It’s strange for me as I’m usually very good with words (even if I say so myself). But I’m sort of hanging in limbo experiencing this “post cancer treatment” life.

I’m not sure what to feel about it. I mean, just when I start feeling positive and good about Ethan’s future… he gets a fever that an ordinary paediatrician cannot find the source of, and we are back to Red Cross doing all sorts of tests trying to find out why there’s a fever.

Sitting and waiting at Red Cross again transformed me right back to where we have come from. Sitting with your sick child in your arms, sitting with uncertainty waiting for test results. Blood tests, urine tests, port culture tests… I was immediately sad for my son, for my husband and for me. We had just started forgetting about those days and yet here we were… back in tow.

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Flash Mob for Cancer


This is a video that was made by The Breast Cancer Site. It is a wonderful celebration of love and support shown to those who are affected with cancer and  I thought it an apt way to end off the work-week.

Remember that the support of family & friends is really important when someone is battling cancer ~ sometimes words are not even necessary, just being there and quietly showing support is enough. At other times emotional and physical support are needed, including helping with chores that cannot be done, like shopping, laundry, cooking, mowing the lawn etc.

And remember ~ when an individual gets cancer the whole family gets cancer, as it affects everyone so offer your support to the family as well as to the individual.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

 

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Late Night Thoughts of A Mother Whose Child Has Cancer (5)


photo of ethan with hair 3 months post-chemo

Ethan 3 months post-chemo

 

Herewith this week’s article as penned by Ethan’s Mom, Gila Jacobs, on her feelings as an Onco Mom in dealing with the daily trials and tribulations of cancer. As originally explained, this article is posted as is to maintain integrity and passion.

 

8 July 2014

Right now… I’m standing at a crossroads of asking WHY?

Why is it that right now, in this moment, I feel so different, so changed? As if I just don’t care what people think of me as a Mom who has gone through such a hardship as cancer with her child?

Why is it that I feel so free as a person; someone who is able to point out exactly what needs fixing, free enough to face the truth?

Why is it that I see so clearly what I want out of life?

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A Happy & Blessed Father’s Day to ALL the Fathers out there!


Happy Father’s Day Party Graphic

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
And then there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it – Dad.

Strength


Strength

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