Hope, Strength, and Healing for families coping with a child cancer diagnosis

A Mother’s Love Runs Deep

Today and every day, we honor Mothers like Deborah that give their unconditional love, support, and comfort in the calm and through the storms of a childhood cancer journey.

Deborah shares:
“ As parents, we want to protect our children. My greatest challenge during Emely’s treatment has been the loss of control to protect and guard her from this hardship that has stormed her life. A storm without warning or ability for preparation; it has rolled in with a haste and rumbling hunger for destruction and demise. This storm is called cancer.

This is something that I cannot fix or take away, and as willing as I am, I cannot carry this for her. This has stripped down, bent, and stretched me as a mother. Though it’s been hard, throughout our journey there have also been so many valuable lessons learned along the way, and for that I am forever grateful. I am amazed at Emely’s strength and resilience through all that she has endured. I am in awe of her drive and determination to strive to find the light and push away

the darkness that tries SO hard to creep in. She is weathering this storm with such grace.  One of my favorite quotes sums it up perfectly, ‘You can’t control all that happens to you in this life, but you CAN control how you react to it.’

In my desperation for the ability to take it all away, I’ve found that I just can’t. This is beyond our control. But, I can love her through it. Sometimes that simply means a tight and warm embrace, oftentimes accompanied with a silent prayer. Sometimes that means just listening to her as she vents, and reading between the lines as to when to give advice and when to just be present by her side. Sometimes that means being sensitive to her emotional needs, even if that need is allowing her the space to be alone and process, waiting patiently until she is ready to share (this is so hard). It means cheering her on as she defeats and conquers- great or small, because every feat is so cherished and important.

As parents, we love our children beyond the depths of the sea, through calm waters or treacherous storms. We have the great responsibility and honor to lead by example, and simply, to love our children unconditionally. Our love runs deep.”

Written by: Deborah, Mother of 16-year-old Emely diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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