Over the last year, I’ve been working on a big project behind the scenes. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to share it with you today, because you are my people!
So drumroll please…Here it is — I’ve joined with Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska to start a brand new blog called LionFighters. Don’t worry, Genuflected won’t be going anywhere, but the addition of LionFighters is a wonderful way to reach out to all those moms and dads who are trying to make sense of their journey through childhood cancer.
A doctor, nurse, and child life specialist will join me to write on the blog. It’s going to be an amazing place to connect, learn, and build support for families who are going through the isolating experience of childhood cancer.
And do you know what? If you’ve been through a sudden change in your life — the onset of a traumatic event you didn’t see coming — then some of these posts will resonate with you as well. Pain is universal, but so is the need for community and connectivity. That’s what this blog will foster.
I hope you will hop over and check out this new space. You are so welcome there, just as you are here. And maybe you know someone who is going through the struggles of childhood cancer? Maybe you can share the blog with them? I promise it will bring them hope and comfort in the midst of the storm they are walking through right now.
God bless and here is a little tidbit from the very first post on LionFighters:
When my son Cooper was first diagnosed, it felt like normal would never be a word we used to describe our life ever again. After all, my friends were talking about playgroups and their next vacation, while I was trying to understand what acute lymphoblastic leukemia would mean for our family.
Things had flipped upside down. Fear and survival seemed to be all that remained.
But time marches on. Test results come back. The words the doctors say start to make sense.
And, after a little bit, you notice that normal has indeed started to creep back in. It doesn’t look at all like it used to. Life will never be the same after childhood cancer. Normal will never look the way it once did.
But still, normal does return. In small ways, it works its way back into your life. One day, you notice you have a routine for doing laundry or eating lunch in the hospital. Suddenly, nurses start to feel more like familiar faces than strangers, and doctors like guideposts for the journey.
You start to settle in, because that’s what families do. They make their home where their heart is—even if that means a crowded hospital room. They have a snack shelf and a game drawer. They develop a bath routine and a list of favorite foods from the snack room.
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