Day 30, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Mums.

I had absolutely no idea how this month was going to pan out. I’ve never participated so actively in an awareness raising campaign before. I had totally underestimated the time, the emotion and the energy of would take to do.

I am sat here as an emotionally and physically tired and weak woman. The commitment was a lot greater than I anticipated and I am suffering as a result.

This isn’t a pity party though, i’d go through the suffering a million times over if I knew that the project was guaranteed to make a difference. In fact I WILL go through it again, and again because I am DETERMINED to make a bloody difference.

We have shared 34 unique stories this month of children who have gone through some of the absolute worst that life has to offer. 34 stories exclusively shared by their Mum’s. It wasn’t that I only asked mum’s to share. I asked some private groups which have a mixed membership but it just so happened that it was all women that came forward.

I felt it was only right to honour them in the last post of the month. Their unique experiences in the club nobody asked to join have been seen close to 100,000 times across two social platforms. 35 ordinary women, joining forces in order to share their story and raise awareness and the profile of paediatric cancer. It worked too, we have had interest from the media, we have had people coming out and sharing their experiences too and we have educated other people and each other on the broad spectrum of diseases that falls under the ‘Childhood Cancer’ banner.

I am humbled, grateful and in awe of what we have achieved together and I want to thank every one of you from the bottom of my heart, for helping me to do this.

Some of you had never written or shared your story before and you all did it beautifully.

Some of you have set up charities in memory of your babies, you inspire me to create an organisation that will help parents like you.

I read a quote the other day that summarises this project really nicely “turn your wounds in to wisdom”…..And I think you’ll agree, we absolutely have.

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diaryofanoncologymum

I'm a 34 year old Mum of two from Liverpool. My son Jack was diagnosed & successfully treated for a rare blood cancer called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in 2014. He has recently relapsed so I have decided to share the journey. My reason for being so open this time round is three fold; I want to raise awareness of childhood cancer, I want to reach those parents & families who are just getting a diagnosis & (selfishly) I find writing therapeutic and feel that sharing the story will help me get my own head around things.

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