world cancer day…

why is there a world cancer day?  I mean, seriously, why isn’t it world cancer year?  Why isn’t it what-the-hell-are-we-going-to-do-about-children-dying-day every day of the year??? One day isn’t enough.  Maybe we can get a little advocacy in for a day, but then you know what happens, tomorrow everyone goes back to their normally scheduled programs because cancer hasn’t affected their lives, it hasn’t ripped their child from their arms, it hasn’t left them broken.  The rest of the world goes on spinning and bustling, and we parents of the _3 children diagnosed every single day_ with cancer are left waving our hands in the air screaming “hello!!! can someone find a cure for my kid over here?!?!?”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, pediatric cancer is the number 1 killer of our children.  NUMBER 1.  You think you have to worry about your kids choking on a small toy or getting hit by a car or taking a bad fall.  Nope.  You have to worry MOST about cancer.  Then why isn’t everyone worrying???  Sometimes, it makes me want to scream.

I saw a quote that reminds me of how I feel right now, and how I feel every day, thinking of Tanner, grieving, living my life without him… “it’s like screaming and no one can hear”.

My heart is screaming so loud it’s deafening.

Please take a moment today, on world cancer day, to remember that kids get cancer too.  They need our voice.  They need us to take a stand for them.  Who will you stand for?


Tanner’s Momma


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  1. I hear your screams loud and clear:((((( xoxo

    Comment by Fran Hirst on February 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  2. thanks Fran, a fellow mom-cologist always understands best. xo

    Comment by Tanner's Momma on February 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  3. First, let me say that I am so sorry for your loss. No parent expects to lose a child, whether it be to cancer or a drunk driver. We parents who have lost a child know that it’s generally a topic no one wants to talk about…and therein lies the problem with most awareness campaigns regarding the death of a child. The only thing we can do is keep on speaking.

    Comment by Rebecca Carney - One Woman's Perspective on February 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

  4. thanks, Rebecca. You are right… no one wants to talk about their greatest fear… but we will because it is our reality. sending my condolences to you as well. <3

    Comment by Tanner's Momma on February 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

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