child cancer

‘Mommy, I did that.’ There was blood in the toilet. ‘Has someone touched you?’ Suddenly, she’s screaming in pain.’: Mom mistakes daughter’s cancer symptoms for ‘abuse, menstruation,’ says she’s taught her ‘bravery, strength’

“I originally thought it was just my sister’s ‘time of the month.’ We rushed to the emergency room only to be told, ‘She needs an ultrasound ASAP.’ Things started to get serious. Jokingly, I said, ‘Emma, looks like you have alien monsters in there.’ Turns out, we were right. It was cancer. Before we knew it, her beautiful, red, curly hair was falling out.”

‘Are you pregnant? On drugs?!’ I abandoned my customer service post and collapsed into a chair. The edges of my vision darkened. I felt like I was drowning on dry land.’

“My high-school sweetheart cheated on me, then dumped me. My friends couldn’t cope with my ‘new normal’ and turned away. I didn’t want to be different. My body was thin, my face swollen. I looked like an alien. Minutes later, he pointed to a black hole of goo where my lungs should’ve been. I frantically tried to make it to the break room but blacked out.”

‘We’re sorry. It’s cancer.’ We’ve spent 150+ nights in the hospital. I quit my job. My husband ran out of sick days.’: Mom’s newborn diagnosed with Leukemia, community sacrifices sick days to help

“We noticed a shift in our bubbly girl’s personality. Kinsley stopped sleeping. She had a diaper rash we couldn’t control. She was constantly fussy and the days seemed like years. They continually told me it was average baby things, that she was teething, she was fine, this was normal. There was nothing normal about it. My mom instincts were on high alert.”

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