Exactly five years ago, on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, my daughter, Emily was admitted to the oncology floor of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) for what looked to be a cancerous tumor. Turned out that, indeed, it was cancer, neuroblastoma, to be exact. After one surgery, and a wide array of scans and tests, we were sent home 15 days later, thinking our life would be back to normal. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be the case. Emily was to be admitted to the hospital again, had another (unsuccessful) surgery, and we were told that she now had Stage 4 cancer. At this time, [Read more…] about September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month — What You Can Do
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For you long time Breezy Mama readers, you know that my daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer, in September of 2009. Ever since that time, it seems as if I keep hearing about kid after being kid being diagnosed with some form of cancer. At first, I just assumed that it was because I was more of aware of the disease–those of us who have been through the ordeal seem to “stick together” and tell each other our stories, since it’s always easier to talk to someone who understands. But when two friends, in two different circles of friends, had their children diagnosed, I knew something was up–it hit too close to home. So Breezy Mama turned to Dr. Robert Seeger, Professor of Pediatrics; Deputy Division Head for Research; Director, Cancer Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for his thoughts on why pediatric cancer seemed to be on the rise.
How does pediatric cancer differ from “adult” cancer?
Pediatric cancers develop in rapidly growing tissues such as the blood system (leukemia), brain (brain tumors), sympathetic nervous system (neuroblastoma), bone (osteosarcoma) and muscle (sarcoma). The most common adult cancers develop in other tissues such as lung, breast, colon, and prostate.
It seems as if there is an influx in children being diagnosed with cancer—is this true?
The incidence of some childhood cancers appeared to be [Read more…] about Why is Pediatric Cancer on the Rise?
For those of you who have been long time Breezy Mama readers, you may know that my daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a deadly form of pediatric cancer) in September of 2009. Luckily, she never had to undergo chemotherapy, and today she is a healthy and vivacious two year-old, all thanks to neuroblastoma research. You see, her treatment could have gone two ways–one side wanted to give her intensive chemotherapy, and the other side had been a part of numerous neuroblastoma studies and knew that with Emily’s tumor histology, she would be okay with one more surgery and a “watch and wait” program. That’s what we went with, and today, she’s been “cancer free” since January 2010.
So, why am I telling you all of this? Because there’s a fund called Lunch for a Cure where donations made go straight to neuroblastoma research. The same research that told Emily’s oncologist that she’d be okay without chemotherapy. All they ask of you is to donate whatever you’d spend on one day’s lunch money–$5.00 is a reasonable amount. And this December, money raised by Lunch for a Cure will support NANT, which stands for New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy, a group of 16 centers in the United States and Canada who perform trials of new therapies for children with neuroblastoma, with the lead center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. (The same hospital where Emily’s currently being seen and where her wonderful oncologist is located.)
Interested? Click here to make a donation. And thank you in advance!
From Lunch for a Cure:
Lunch for a Cure® is about helping children who have been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a deadly form of cancer that strikes thousands of infants and toddlers each year.
This fundraising program is a simple but powerful solution: We ask people to donate one day’s lunch money to the Neuroblastoma Foundation, a public charity dedicated to curing this cancer.
The cost of one lunch, if enough people contribute, will help save lives, fund research for a cure and provide support for families. Please donate your lunch money to the Neuroblastoma Foundation and help us eradicate this disease.
Click here to make a donation!
You may have read my story about Emily, my daughter who was diagnosed with cancer this past September. Her tumor was taken out and we left the hospital without needing chemotherapy. She was having regular check-ups and scans, but there was a 15% chance the cancer would come back. I tried not to obsess over the 15%, but I did. Every time Emily was having fun at something, I would think such thoughts as, “What if she can’t enjoy this next year?” I kept telling myself to live in the moment–she was having monthly check-ups and bi-monthly CT scans–if it came back, it would be found and treated right away. And then, just as I was getting better about not thinking about it, that’s when it happened. Guess who fell into that 15% range? [Read more…] about 4 New Words You Never Want to Hear: The Cancer Came Back
If you had your friends over for dinner and noticed not a single person liked the meal you prepared, would you serve it again? Likewise, Breezy Mama has been dishing out what we feel is fulfilling scoop, but you don’t always bite. We’re often shocked by what few appeared to be interested in (in other words, didn’t click to “read more”) and other times are pleasantly surprised by a post we wanted to share, but weren’t so sure you’d care. As 2009 comes to an end, we thought you might be interested in taking a walk down memory lane with us and revisit the stories that DID satisfy your appetite. And we can’t thank you enough for all of the support this first year and for coming back for more helpings! The site has truly been a potluck of content with moms sharing their amazing stories, talents and expertise. After over 300 posts, here are the:
Top 10 Most Read Breezy Mama Posts of 2009 [Read more…] about Best of Breezy Mama 2009