No Child Should Suffer
Children’s Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the suffering stops. Children with cancer will suffer for the rest of their lives, no matter what age they live to. Even if the disease doesn’t kill them, it still impacts their health severely.
Take my son, for example. When he was three, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). That was in 2011. Yes, his survival rate is 95-99%, which is phenomenal, but we will always have to be diligent in the watch for cancer cells returning later in life. Also, the chemotherapy drugs he takes on a daily basis have affected the white matter in his brain. He is slightly behind in school and will always be behind. It’s sad to see him struggle with concepts that other children pick up without effort.
Children should not have to deal with cancer. They are just babies, barely starting their journey in life. To be hit with such a horrific roadblock at such a young age makes me cry. My son actually has an extra chromosome in his DNA. They have discovered that many boys with this extra chromosome develop leukemia. Researchers are working on a cure to get rid of the extra chromosome before it develops into cancerous cells.
Families of cancer children have their lives overturned when learning of their child’s diagnosis. Everything you knew before gets thrown out the window and you have to start life differently. Everything revolves around the cancer. It controls you. You fear for the common cold, knowing that it could make your child sick enough to be hospitalized and even possibly die. It is very stressful: emotionally, physically and financially.
I wanted a way to help these families. I am one of those families. Bleed became my project to try raising money and awareness for this horrible atrocity. The response I got was overwhelming.
Bleed turned out to be 45 stories, poems and personal essays devoted to the monster of cancer. With authors such as Bentley Little, Rick Hautala, Joe McKinney, William Nolan, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Mort Castle, Tim Waggoner, to just name a few. This book is packed full of talent.
I hope this book will impact someone’s life. It has already impacted mine.
Buy Bleed now! All profits go to the National Children’s Cancer Society. http://www.thenccs.org
Lori is the co-owner of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, as well as co-publisher and managing editor of both Dark Moon Digest and Dark Eclipse. She is the author of Dual Harvest and the editor of Bleed, an anthology to benefit the National Children’s Cancer Society. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including the 2012 Bram Stoker finalist, Slices of Flesh.
Lori was born in Los Angeles, where her dream of being a ballerina was dashed by a career-ending injury. She turned her creative efforts elsewhere, and now lives in San Antonio, where she’s a mother of two, a dance studio owner, a LaTex software formatter, and a graphic designer.