August 4, 2010 Leave a comment
I have always loved the song the Climb, which was made famous by Miley Cyrus. Today, I saw a post on FaceBook that cemented my view of the song. It sounds a lot like the battle our children go through when they are diagnosed with cancer. This picture says a thousand words to me:
Here is the entire video, if you want to watch the song:
I am not sure who the little girl in the video is. The video was shot through a cell phone, or at least that is how it appears. It is quite obvious the little girl is going through some sort of medical treatment. The bald head and NG tube give it away. To me, it is fairly obvious the medical condition is some form of cancer. The bald head and NG tube give it away. Bald due to the cancer, NG tube due to the fact her throat is raw from the mucositis from her chemo treatments and the fact nearly everything solid causes a vomiting reflex.
These are not pretty words, but cancer is not pretty in children. It rips them apart and leaves them with lifelong effects. The treatment protocols, overall, are ancient in the cancer world, some dating back to the 60s. Sure there have been tweaks, but unlike adult cancer patients, who often have less damaging options, the children generally only have the options chemo, radiation and surgery.
My daughter Miranda was diagnosed on September 6, 2007 at the age of 3 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Ewing’s is a cancer of the bones that affects about 250 people a year, primarily male children in their pre-teens and early teens. Miranda’s was an Askin’s tumor, which is a Ewing’s tumor of the soft tissue. Only 10% of the cases of Ewing’s are soft tissue. As only a handful of Ewing’s patients are under the age of five, and few in soft tissue, she was a very rare case. And today she lives. Unfortunately, so many we have met are not here with us today. Statistically speaking, this small child has an overall 80% chance of survival. If she has certain forms of tumors, her prognosis is worse. And, if her cancer is metastatic, especially to the lungs, or a diffuse brain tumor, she could well be gone today. That is the reality of this world.
In September, my wife and 45 other women are shaving their heads for these little heroes. The event will take place in California in the Los Angeles area. Then they will appear on national television on Friday and work on getting on other television shows. The main goal is to raise awareness for a disease that is largely swept into the dark corners.
Peace and Grace,