Wednesday, January 26, 2005

keep em laughing......

I finally told my youngest child that his grandma has cancer. He knew that she was very sick but I hadn't told him the whole story yet. I had always intended to, but never thought the time was right.

I was proud of him. He handled it very well. He said we'd pray for her and do whatever we could to make her feel better.

The kid does have a sense of humor though.
When we told him that mom would probably lose her hair, he made a sad face and said, "aww, I'm going to have a bald grandma." Then he said, "Oh well, then she'll match my bald grandpa!"

Mom laughed.

Seeing as Dad is a little sensitive about his hair loss- we didn't tell him that one....


Blogger Melinda said...

You have got to love the things kids say, even at the hardest times! :-)

5:03 PM, January 26, 2005  
Blogger ShoeHound said...

What a very sweet story. Came bounding through via Blog Explosion. Ovarian cancer is such a demon and I wish your family nothing but the best.

5:23 PM, January 27, 2005  
Blogger R. Chandler said...

I am so sorry to hear of your family's misfortune. Know that you, your mother, and all of your family will be in my prayers in this most difficult time. God speed and God bless.


9:46 PM, January 27, 2005  
Blogger Laurie said...

Laughing is good medicine. Very cute.

10:17 PM, January 27, 2005  
Blogger Sarah said...

Sometimes I think children take things better than we do. I hope that treatment goes well for your mum. Hugs

5:56 AM, January 28, 2005  
Blogger Rik said...

10:09 AM, January 28, 2005  
Blogger Cancergiggles said...

If only the entire world had the sense of your youngest. This is absolutely how everyone should behave

10:33 AM, January 28, 2005  

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(written September of 2005) I have learned much in the last nine months. I have read that ovarian cancer whispers. I say it screams. It just needs someone to listen. The American Cancer Society statistics for ovarian cancer estimate that there will be 22,220 new cases and 16,210 deaths in 2005. This is a death rate FOUR TIMES that of breast cancer.Almost 70 percent of women with the common epithelial ovarian cancer are not diagnosed until the disease is advanced in stage. The 5-year survival rate for these women is only 15 to 20 percent. This is unacceptable. Women need to be made more aware of the symptoms, and doctors need to listen to their patients. Especially when the patient tells them that they fear they have ovca, as my mother did for almost a year before she was finally diagnosed. It’s so sad and senseless when a woman knows the symptoms but can’t get anyone to listen to what she is saying.