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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Childhood Cancer Awareness Ideas

 
Cancer affects children as well as adults. Possibly you think that only women get breast cancer. Unfortunately men get breast cancer also. Cancer affects everyone.


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Did you know that childhood cancer statistics show there are 380,000 survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer alive in the United States? Those figures are according to the National Cancer Institute. They further add that survival rates overall are improving. There are a numerous things that you can do to support children during their cancer treatments.



God's Word

What does God say about it? Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This makes me mindful of a comment a young boy made in the TV Series “Red Bond Society.” This young boy stated,” Some people think life ends in the hospital, but no it is just beginning.” He also added sometimes you are not able to “walk in someone elses shoes, but just sit beside them and listen.” Several of the children in this movie are battling some form of cancer or other illness, but they bond together and affect many lives in a good way. 

I am also reminded of the scripture Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit.” So this lets me know people will have their opinions about your children including doctor's diagnosis and more, but through it all always speak God's word about your children, because Hebrew 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I agree. God's word is “alive.”

Music

I recall writing an article and mentioning how music is good for children in the hospital. Music  is great for children with cancer. Possibly the cancer patient has a favorite song that he or she loves to listen too.  The video below shows how children, family and the staff at this hospital used music to help the children who have cancer.


Stronger/Seattle Children's Hospital



Education

It is important to educate yourself about cancer in order to help the child with cancer. This is a win/win situation, because the education will help you as well. You may learn of new technology or just new ways to help.

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Chemo-Caps and quilts

Although the Cancer Institute gives away free caps for chemo patients and has several quilts available for patients during chemo treatment, I recall seeing a meeting at the library on certain days of the week for a group to get together and put their knitting and crocheting skills to work by making chemo caps. That is a very worthy cause.

Busy Bag

Let's not forget the parent's and siblings of the children with cancer. Parent's will be spending a lot of time in the hospital with their children. According to Clare at Clarescontemplation.com, such things as pretzels, crackers, book of word games, Chap Stick, coloring books, crayons, or lotion in a care package would be quite helpful to the family.

According to Dana-Faberge, until you or someone you know is battling the illness, you have no idea about the magnitude of the illness. They further add that even though cancer may deplete the human spirit, music can uplift and transform to bring the mind, soul, and body into harmony.

Remember there are numerous ways that you can help with cancer awareness throughout the year.
Source:

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

Hebrews 4:12


Cancer in Children and Adolescents


Hospital Busy Bags


Music Therapy Helps My son Through Cancer Treatment



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4 comments:

  1. So much information and encouragement here. Our nephew is a 20+ year survivor of childhood cancer. God is using doctors, nurses, medications, and miracles to work in lives everyday. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of just being there . . . loving and listening. Blessings!

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    1. Your welcome Deb. Congratulations to your nephew a 20+ survivor.

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  2. Thanks again for another really informative post here. Thank you for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Your most welcome Terri. It is a pleasure.

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