Well this is interesting – http://www.nature.com/news/massive-animals-may-hold-secrets-of-cancer-suppression-1.12258
Apparently elephants and other large mammals are more protected from developing cancer. I’m not looking to get into the science of anything today. But let’s just hope that when I picked the title for this blog – I sent out some kind of signal into the universe and it will give us the tiniest level of protection.
Besides that “fun” fact, I have 2 things to share with you guys tonight.
The first one is – you may have seen on my instagram, there is a little girl in LA, Bailey, who also has neuroblastoma, and she is at home in hospice care because the state that her body is in now – further treatment would only harm her more. That’s… well. There’s no words. So – you can go here – http://www.bows4bailey.com/ and purchase something, or just make a donation. It all goes to help the family, and – no matter how well off you are before this – I can honestly tell you – every little bit helps!
The second thing – as I delved into her story and how she got her diagnosis – (because that is honestly the most hellish part of all this. We need to get better at diagnosing cancer faster, people!!! Your kid is sick, usually so sick – he/she isn’t eating, running, walking, sitting, or doing anything that makes him/her a kid. You bring him in, after numerous doctor appointments. They feel like crap, they already hate doctors. And then you have to put in iv’s, tests, scans… And the worst of it all is – the only time they are somewhat comfortable is when they are sedated for those 3hr MRI’s … Just think about it – placing an IV on a 2 year old. And then making sure they don’t rip it out… And dealing with them having that in there… And then dealing with them on drugs (a 2 year old) so that they could be calm enough not to worry about that IV… No parent deserves this!) But I digress.
She first had strange bruising on her eyelids. And that’s why they started going to the doctor. (once you start – you keep coming back because – it’s not a virus, and it just keeps getting worse)
And that gave me a real jolt – the day that we went to the pediatrician for the 2nd time – Niko’s eyelid was yellow. And nobody really noted it, and I thought he had just gotten into my concealer or something because he was playing with some of my makeup brushes while I was getting ready. Later a doctor told us it was a sign of anemia. And just a week ago or so his other eyelid had done the same thing. It was rather faint, like the last days of a bruise when it’s just yellow. And it only lasted a day or two. But our oncologist told us it was also a sign of neuroblastoma.
I’m not trying to freak you out and saying if your kid has something on the eyelid – it’s cancer. I’m just saying – this is what I’ve seen. This is what I know.
That’s all I had.
On a personal note – today was a pretty good day! Niko has been in a great mood! He even played with his little brother this morning (still working on the whole “he’s trash” attitude, so that was a big win!). We went to Starbucks after his shot – but they were closed!!! Apparently they close at 6:30 or something like that so we might have to change his shot schedule.
PS – at the beginning I kept thinking – we’re too young to have to deal with this! I’m not even 30! How am I supposed to handle it, etc etc.. And I look at this mom in the picture above, and my heart just goes out to her – she is so young too! =((