From day one, Lucy was a screamer. She was a fighter and now we know why she got that spunky spirit. She was the youngest of our two children, so she wanted to do everything her older brother did. She talked early, walked early, and was mischievous from then on.
She is an amazing little girl who doesn't even think cancer is more than a common ailment. She has never really complained about treatment, besides the first two weeks. She loves to go to clinic, and all fundraising activities. She is very matter of a fact about having cancer and shows others that it’s very real and can and does happen to "normal" families.
Her charisma draws people in. Lucy is a huge Beatles fan - has been since she was 10 months old. It was during treatment she found so much solace in music and found its healing powers. We are forever grateful to the Fab 4 for helping her cope. Lucy entered treatment for leukemia on December 26, 2010, a week after her third birthday with her best baby in hand “Baby White”. She will be done on July 17, 2013 when she is 5 ½, a month before she starts Kindergarten. Baby White is still around. She is no longer white, but gray, and has an arm that is about to fall off. She is tattered and worn, as if she absorbed some of the effects of treatment along with Lucy, and yet she is still Lucy’s best friend, and best baby.
Lucy has gone through treatment with such grace and independence. She has taught us and the world around her what matters, and what true strength and courage really is. Lucy was born a fighter, and will remain a survivor.
Prior to Lucy's diagnosis, I was the mom that could do everything. I wanted a career and to raise children at the same time. I wanted to have that perfect house with the white picket fence and 2.2 kids and a dog. Nothing bad was going to happen to my kids. It couldn't. I was not able to handle when they got the flu since I was such a worrier. Then it happened. November 2010, I awoke from a terrible nightmare. I was sobbing uncontrollably and felt so ashamed. I had just dreamt that Lucy had cancer. How could I do that? What kind of parent does that? I didn't know then, but I know now, it was a dream preparing me for what was about to happen.
On December 26, 2010, our lives changed forever. I noticed a lot of bruising on Lucy and little red "freckles" all over her face. I had a gut instinct to take her to the ER the day after Christmas, and that's when we got the news that our baby had cancer. Ever since that day, I have not only fought hard to help Lucy fight this disease, but also to open up people's eyes to childhood cancer. I have made it my mission in life. I keep a blog; I have published a book and am writing several others, including a children's book that my children are actually authoring with their feelings and experiences. I am ashamed of what my life goals were prior. It took something so tragic to open my eyes and my heart, but I am here now, and I intend to make up for lost time by spreading awareness and raising money to help fund a CURE for childhood cancer.
We ARE 46 Mommas on a mission to raise awareness, raise funds for research and inspire others to help fund a cure for childhood cancer.
Each year a new class of 46 Mommas is inducted into the cause to empower and engage mothers of children with cancer. The number 46 is significant. On average, each weekday, 46 families receive the news that their child has cancer. Through increasing awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds for childhood cancer research by shaving our heads, we hope to one day be a group that no longer needs to exist.