Tuesday, June 1, 2010
They say that things (primarily bad things) happen in three’s. This past week I heard of three young people who were diagnosed with cancer. It is weeks like this that give me pause. Two of these three young people had been in remission and their cancer returned. The other little girl was diagnosed with leukemia and will be in treatment for three years. It is very disheartening to hear these stories and my thoughts immediately go to the mothers of these children.
That is because I can’t imagine the horror they must be experiencing. In spite of this, they must be strong and supportive and hopeful. They have just found out that they might see their child die but they must persevere.
Going through cancer treatment as an adult who has lived half a life is one thing. First of all, when it is you, you feel like maybe you can control it, or at least understand it. When it is your child who is ill, all you can do is hope and pray for the medicine to work and their little bodies to be strong enough to fight this disease.
I guess when it comes down to it; it is the ultimate test of a mother’s love. I am sure that each of these parents will do whatever is in their power to help their children. I try to keep this in mind as I face the daily challenges of parenting and remember that through love we can heal. Through love we can grow into the people that we strive to be. Through love we will survive.