On Monday, October 3 at 1 p.m. CST, I will host a live chat to discuss Donna’s Cancer Story. Those of you who have been with me for a while know just how deep my technophobia runs, so this is kind of a big deal for me.
Since the series has started, the support I have felt from readers has been wide and generous. Almost unfailingly supportive. There are Cancer Parents reading, and young moms, and old moms, and Moms Who Drink and Swear, and dads, and Dads raging battle against Autism, and folks who are simply imagining what it must be like to care for a child with cancer.
As I say to my manager at ChicagoNow on a very regular basis, “I think it’s working.” It being a greater understanding of pediatric cancer as well as folks coming to embrace all the wisdom Donna has to share with us.
With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I could have used Mary Tyler Mom as a platform to discuss stats and numbers about cancer in kids — those alone are mind numbing — but I thought it was more powerful to tell the story of a child, my child, my Donna, and her cancer. If you come to know Donna, you come to know pediatric cancer.
Please join me Monday afternoon at 1pm CST. I will address questions about Donna, pediatric cancer, our experiences, Donna’s Good Things, and what it means to ‘choose hope.’ I will give each and every last one of you a huge kiss of gratitude for holding me up this month and spreading the word.
I might even be persuaded to talk about Gwyneth Paltrow. Bring it, readers.