September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Most of you probably, blessedly, don’t know that. Its color is gold, just like breast cancer’s color is pink. For my family, every month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This was cemented in March 2007 when my 20 month old daughter, Donna Lu, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, papillary meningioma. Donna was in treatment for thirty-one months.
The way I get to parent Donna now is by telling her story. Every day in the month of September, I will tell Donna’s cancer story in words and pictures. September 1st will cover the first month of Donna’s cancer, from diagnosis on March 23, 2007-April 22, 2007. On September 2, the second month will be featured, April 23, 2007-May 22, 2007. And so on and so on through the month of September.
This is a sad story, to be sure, but it is also one of hope and joy. By following Donna’s cancer story you will learn about pediatric cancer, but you will also learn about resilience and the grace and grit of an amazing little girl. You will learn that the most ordinary of people can do extraordinary things. You will come to understand, if you haven’t already, that cancer sucks. Lordy, cancer sucks. I hate the bastard.
So consider yourself invited to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Tyler Mom style. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be one of the family. Join me daily and keep me company. Tell your friends and family. Share the story.