Amber Seigler via Crowdrise
September 06, 2012
The Video to the left is of a flash mom that this girl did to help raise awareness for childhood cancer! Please watch it, they worked very hard on it!
A story from a little girl who's 2 year old brother has Cancer:
It first started with my brother being ill. We thought he just caught a cold. After a month he still didn’t get better, he looked pale white. Maybe he has something that’s worse than just a cold. We already went to the general practitioner a few times for antibiotics, but it still didn’t get better. So they decided to check his blood. They went to the laboratory to get some blood from him. Not expecting the worst they let him go home again. Later that day, in the afternoon, we got a call. Pax had to go to the hospital (Martini Ziekenhuis) immediately. So they went there. When they got to the hostpital, they were told they had to go to the UMCG (a specialized university hospital). The iron content in his blood was way too low! It is normally around 8/9 but his was around 3,4! He had to go into an isolation room. While he was there they sent his blood somewhere to check it. There already was a big chance he had leukemia. But they still weren’t sure! Every hour we had to wait for the results I got more nervous about him and our future. After two days of tension we got the results. He has leukemia… (At 2-22-12 he was diagnosed with leukemia) Even though I was kind of expecting it already, it still was a huge shock! I mean like, you hear a lot about child cancer on the news, at the internet, and read it in magazines… But suddenly it came so close to reality. My little 2 year old brother has blood cancer… This meant he had to get chemotherapies for about 2 years! Two years of insecurity and hospitals… About 5 years ago there was a boy in my sister’s class who had the same thing. He eventually died, so my first thought about it was: “He’s going to die!” But soon after my brother was diagnosed with it I learned what it really meant. There was a big surviving chance and the doctors know how to treat it. The first week he was in the hospital I couldn’t go to him. But at the end of the week I planned to go on a horse camp. So during school time I went to see him. I was happy to see him and he was really happy to see me! After that I went for a week on to the horse camp. Via text messages my father told me what kept going on. He got chemotherapy, bone marrow punctures, lumbar punctures and blood transfusions. It was a difficult time for all of us. After being in the hospital for one week, he was allowed to go home again. But he still got all the treatments. He gets about 2 chemo’s a week. He got a little book called “Chemo Kasper” It explains chemotherapies in children language. He didn’t really understand what was going on. Why did he have to go to the hospital all the time? Why did he get so many cards? (He loves getting them though haha!) Because chemotherapy isn’t a medicine (it’s more like a poison) he also needed medicines against that. One medicine most of you may know is called prednisone. He really didn’t like getting them! After 2 weeks of fighting to get them inside of him, we didn’t know what to do anymore. He really needed them but we couldn’t keep fighting him. Three times a day, crying and screaming that he didn’t want them was not fun to see! We asked for help at the hospital. They told us a lot of young children get a probe for the medicines or if they don’t want to eat anymore. So he got a probe. Getting it inside of his body was really difficult! He didn’t want to… But eventually it worked and he could go home. After a one week we could also notice the side effects of the medicines; He didn’t want to sleep, He wants to eat all day long, He is grumpy and he even can get angry if there is a tear in the cheese on his bread! He also has nausea because of the chemo’s and the medicines. He also looks fatter because the medicines insist the moisture in his body. Sunday I went with him to the UMCG for his chemo’s. After we were done he told us he got his “Chemo Kasper’s”. And something that is cute, but kind of sad though, are his sometimes “funny” reactions when he has to get his medicines. My father asks him if he wants to get the medicines in his mouth or in his probe. Pax’ reaction: “In the lamp.” Or he says “Just wait, I’m not here at the moment.” while he is just lying on the sofa. At the beginning he got a “KanjerKetting” this is a long line with beads on it. Every bead stands for an event. Like when he gets a chemo, he gets a green, white, orange bead. When he gets a bone marrow puncture he gets a purple, white striped bead. After one month of treatments he has already collected around 50 beads! We are really thankful for the KanjerKetting foundation to give us possibility to get all those things!
Also to the right the last picture is of Pax. The 2 year old with Cancer!! This is why we much fight for a cure!!! So please help if able.
Here's my story:
The reason I choose to support STANDUPTOCANCER is because we found out that my grandmother had cancer in 2011. The only reason we found out was because she went into the hospital (not knowing if she would come out) becuase of other reasons and they found the cancer. She made it out of the hospital but not without having to deal with the Cancer. She now has to deal wtih this on a daily basis. Any person that has had to deal with Cancer knows how much it can be devastating so this is why I choose to STANDUPTOCANCER to help find a cure or even just help people that have to deal with it.
So thats my story :)
I am so grateful to the people that have helped and support me on my journey to raise money for this great foundation.
Just got accepted to be able to hold a STAND UP TO CANCER event! SO EXCITED and cant wait to spread the word! :) Will for sure post pictures up as soon as its over! :)
List of people I know or people's family I know that have been afftected by Cancer (Name and year): This is in HONOR of these people!!!!
Pax: Discovered in February of 2012, 2 year old brother of @KA_NL_Branch_1
My grandmother (Jessie) : Cancer discovered in 2011
Francois Toussaint : Cancer discovered in 2009 (Father of Priscilla Toussaint @Volterina)
Rosaria : 1st time discovered 20 years ago, last time in 2010, Breastcancer (mother of @Savetheearth5)
Salvatore : Discovered feb. 2010, Prostate Cancer (uncle of @Savetheearth5)
Fernando : Discovered about 5 years ago, Colon Cancer (uncle of @Savetheearth5)
Alan : Lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 1998. (Father of Lorelei Owen @Lorel_EE)
Walter : Lost his battle in 1981. (Father of Susan Meddows @smeddows59)
Janet : Lost her battle in 1997. (Sister of Susan Meddows @smeddows59)
Ginny: Discovered in 2011, Brest Cancer (Friend of my family)
Daniele: 1st time, metastasized breast cancer discovered in June 2001, followed by bone cancer in June 2003, also pituitary cancer in July 2008, last time widespread cancer in 2010 and lost her battle in June 2010 (mother of @ISFrenchwoman)
Gisele: Widespread cancer discovered in 2007, lost her battle in July of 2007 (Grandmother of @ISFrenchwoman)
Antun Kracun: Lost his battle in 2010 (Grandfather of @ISF__CROATIA)
Chad Wade: Brother of Katie Wade
Jan: aka Janek to his family, Lost his battle in 2012 to lung cancer (Uncle of @ISF_Support_Is)