Many Sides to Bald Barbie

Who would’ve thought Barbie could rise to the pinnacle of cancer politics?  And still climbing.  In a country in which approximately 12,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each year (and the number keeps climbing), I can see why the topic of childhood cancer could and would touch on raw emotions.  It’s take...more

Emily

I am not truly dazzled by much.  Perhaps I am a bit jaded, but it takes something really special to impress me.  I never could understand Blue Man Group.Yet since April 2011, I have been dazzled repeatedly.  In following the amazing struggle, grace, and determination of a family fighting childhood cancer, I have found myself humbled. Ed and Nadia Beazley are friends of ours who continue to battle obstacles that would bring most of us to our knees.Their story needs to be told....more

Mother Daughter Cancer

As a mother, I would take cancer in my body in a minute over seeing one of my children diagnosed and having to go through cancer treatment.  But then my children are grown, no longer dependent on their parents.  Were I facing cancer as a mother of a very young child, I would be consumed with fear of not being able to be there to take care of him or her.  Bu...more

Childhood Cancer - Seeing Gold Through the Pink

Cancer.  The word alone makes us shift in discomfort and compels us to immediately redirect our thoughts away, towards words and thoughts that strike less fear, unless….  Unless cancer has become more than a word on our tongues and in our lives....more

Oh, What Pretty Eyes You Have: A Lesson in Self-Appreciation

Ginnifer Goodwin drastically changed her hair this past spring, but only after permission from the Big Love producers.  To avoid any future scenarios like this, she put a wig clause in her current and all future contracts, allowing her to style her hair any way she wants. "I find it hard to express myself," she says, "when I'm growing out a very bad character haircut." (Click here for the full article)...more
Tears in my eyes. This post is lovely! My hair has been getting progressively shorter for the ...more

Today.

You cannot tell someone, in the pit of despair that it will get better. Well, you could. It wouldn't do you any good. I've been in that pit of despair. I've dwelt there for entirely longer than I'd like to admit. So deep that I could not imagine ever seeing the sunshine again. I am pragmatic enough to know that it is not gone forever. I am pragmatic enough to know that I will skirt it's edges for the rest of my life. Today I am happy. Today I have hope. Today I give and RECEIVE love. Today needs to be remembered. Today needs to be marked....more

Sunflowers are stunning, too.

Words, words and more words. I've got words coming out of my ears. Words from Mothers, words from books, words from medical journal, words from new stories. I've got so many words of others in my head, that I cannot sort them out to find MY words. ...more

Heartbreak and Hope: When Your Family is Fighting Childhood Cancer

The heartbreak of childhood cancer is very real, but so is the hope. Especially when you hear stories like that of Denise Rager. The California mother of two sons, the eldest with epilepsy, began to feel concerned about her younger son Matthew's health. It turned out her mother's intuition was right and before she knew it, her family was in a fight to save Matthew's life....more

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of hope. The Rager family is absolutely amazing and ...more

I need your help.

I have officially kicked off my 46 Mommas fundraising campaign. Copy of my first email. Hi there~ It's been ages since I have talked to many of you. My life was permanently derailed. As you are already aware, just over two years ago, our youngest OffSpring, Gregory, was diagnosed with Childhood Cancer. The trauma it has unleashed on our family is incomprehensible, unless you have personally experienced it. ...more

Mother Who Withheld Medical Treatment for Young Son Found Guilty of Attempted Murder

Single mother Kristen LaBrie was found guilty of attempted murder recently, following the death of her 9-year-old son, Jeremy Fraser.  Jeremy was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma--a disease with a recovery rate of about 85-90 percent--when he was 7 years old.  Alongside this, he was also a non-verbal autistic child and LaBrie suffered from depression. For Jeremy’s treatments, doctors prescribed chemotherapy--a decision that LaBrie agreed with until she saw what the side effects did to her son....more

This is a tough situation to judge. However, I do believe that the mom should have continued to ...more