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Four Things You Can Do to Hold Your Child Steady After a Cancer Diagnosis

by Trish Adkins, ALSF

The moment your child is diagnosed with childhood cancer is the moment your world shifts—forever. Fear, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, days and nights in the hospital and blood draws become part of your daily routine. For your family, life can feel out of control—and it can be hard to hold your child steady through their diagnosis. 

Start May with Maddie, Ependymoma Warrior

by Trish Adkins, ALSF

When you meet 8-year-old Maddie Davis, you might notice the pink highlights in her hair, her adorable dimpled smile and her advanced vocabulary (she reads at the 9th-grade level).

If you look closer, you might notice the silvery scar that snakes down the back of her neck or the way her right leg turns in just a little when she walks.

And if you ask her where she spent last Valentine’s Day, you will find out what makes this little girl a warrior.

A Mother's Intuition Leads to Cancer Diagnosis

by Trish Adkins, ALSF staff

Moments before Ruth Ciamarra found herself lying on a gurney next to her 5-year-old daughter Anna, doctors announced that Anna had leukemia and needed treatment immediately.

“My hearing went out; I was pretending to listen and nodding along with everything the doctor said. Then I interrupted the doctor and said ‘I’m about to pass out,’ as I tilted backward,” said Ruth. 

10 Motherhood Lessons We Learned From Childhood Cancer

Special thanks to the very special Hero moms who shared their wisdom and lessons with us: Miriam Matz, mother to Ellie; Laurie Thompson, mother to Caelin;  Keren Fitzgerald, mother to Cole; Stephanie Cassabria, mother to Nico; Trish Cartafalsa, mother to Ryan; Dina Dodd, mother to Owen, Lauren Boerlin, mother to Nathaniel, Tish Hearne, mother to Thomas; Heather Banaszek, mother to CJ.