Many of you have shared inspirational stories, poems, musings...Please enjoy:
From Loice:The Sixth Sense
The Fabric of Life
The Hand of God
From Gary:She Taught Me About Silly Putty
Open Letter to Parents
What Now That Chemo's Over?
Cancer is Beatable
From Others:See You Next Christmas By Nick Snow
Terminal! By Pastor Brackbill, Jr.
Katie, the Brave-Hearted
Chantell, Angel of Grace
Childhood Cancer AwarenessJordyn's Story
An Essay by Morgan
JordieAnother Mom's Story
The Mighty Boy
Relay for Life Stories
Relay For Life Photos
Ben & Joshua
Daniel in the Lion's Den
Scott Barb's Story
Cancer is so limited.....
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit.
The Ultimate Source of Encouragement
Flight attendants give these instructions to
"For those of you traveling
with small children, in the event of an oxygen
failure, first place the mask on your own face and
then place the mask on your child's face."
family life, parents often spend most of their
time placing oxygen masks on their children's
faces while the marriage relationship suffocates.
The only way to have a strong family is to make
sure that husband and wife keep the oxygen supply
of love flowing strong between them.
Health News Links
Bend In The Road
Sometimes we come to life's crossroads
And view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And He knows that it's only a bend--
The road will go on and get smoother
And after we've stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load,
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow--
You've just come to a bend in the road.
Sent in by AJ's Mom
You Know You're the Parent of a Kid with Cancer When has been updated. Check out the new entries!
- You Know You're a Teen with Cancer When...
- Jess chimed in with her entries. Please enjoy!
- Already! Sarah got busy and sent some more!
- And now Nate! This list went from 0-90 in just three days!
- And Lily brings us up to the first one-hundred!
- You Know You're the Parent of a Kid with Cancer When...
- This quickly became Squirrel Tale's Flagship Piece back in 1996 (oh how I fear someone out there saved the original site graphicsthey were so bright and obnoxious...) when "Skymom" signed in the guestbook with just 6 or 7 entries. Check it out to see how big it has grown.
- You Know You're the Babysitter of a Kid with Cancer when ...
- Seems like a natural result, doesn't it?
- Out of the Mouths of Babes...
- Another lighter look as parents share the things their kids have said!
- Squirrel Tales Family Glossary
- Do you know where the "Bend Over Room" is? Are you a candidate for a bone marrow transportation? How 'bout a bow & arrow transplant? Has your little one been diagnosed with zucchinia (or do you make bread with it?)? Would you stand in line to ride a donut? The answers to these questions can be found in the Squirrel Tales Glossary!
- Parents share their tales!
- Stinky Cheese
- Oh, it's tongue-in-cheek humor, but the kind of thing that you laugh so you don't cry. This Never-Ending Squirrel Tale started back in the days of the active guestbook (still working on it!) when a mom signed in with her child's misbehavior. What DO you do when you realize your sick child is spoiled silly? I don't think you'll find any answers here, but at least you're not alone...
- Decorate Your Hospital Room
- You spend a lot of time there, you might as well make it as close to home (or at least some fun) as you can!
- Everything changes with a child with canceryou can't simply put a cold compress on his or her forehead anymore ...
- Financial Assistance
- There is help out there to alleviate the financial strain.
- Friends of the family of a child with cancer are a great source of encouragement, but sometimes they're at a loss what to do. Here are the things that helped the most ...
- Fund Raising Ideas
- Parents share some ideas that may be of help to you ...
- Get Creative
- Share the creative ways that help you and your little one wile away the time in the hospital.
- Honestyit really is the best
- Prepare your kids for what lie ahead, if it's going to hurt, don't say it won't
- Tips for achieving and maintaining hydration levelsThe sooner you start chemo, the sooner you go home!
- Just a Spoonful of Sugar ...
- Having trouble getting the meds down your kids? Here's what works for others ...
- Maintaining a Sense of Order
- How did you deal with the myriad of health care professionals streaming in and out of your room? Parents share how they coped.
- Nutrition-Related Topics:
Loss of Appetite
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Mouth Sores & Difficulty Swallowing
- Taste Alterations
- Dry Mouth
- Learn more about platelets, their collection and how you can help.
- Following any surgery when the patient is under general anesthesia, they need to inhale and exhale deeply to prevent pneumonia from setting in. Some tips to getting your kids to do it...
- Preventing Further Illness
- A "simple" cold takes on a whole new threat with your sick kids...
- For kids on chemo with suppressed immune systems, exposure to the regular kid stuff can be, well, deadly. So what to do about school? Should you? Shouldn't you? Do you have a choice? Here's one parent's solution, a open letter to the parents of his kid's classmates...
- What Now? (That Chemo's Done?)
- This was one of those topics that surprised methe range of emotions and uncertainty ...
- Wish List
- One mom shares the needs of her son's hospital inpatient area. It might be something that you could incorporate for your own hospital to make the time you spend there a little less stressful.