Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Parents who deal with the tough diagnosis of cancer or other childhood disease often become overwhelmed and depressed during the long treatments. I am here to remind you that not all diagnosed diseases are fatal and there is a light at the end of the tunnel many times.
Adam Bender, an 8 year old survivor of cancer, is a great example of this kind of hope and light. Maybe you saw him catch the first pitch at the Chicago White Sox baseball game on Tuesday night. He would be the little guy catching on one leg. He fought his cancer battle at the age of one and lost his left leg. But that has not stopped him. He plays little league and can hop to first base. From first base to home plate, he uses his crutch.... what a guy. You can read the article by Scott Merkin at or at to learn more about Adam. My point of this blog is for parents to realize that hope is alive and well. Research is remarkable and cures for certain cancers and other diseases are available or just around the corner.
So, when things look the darkest, search for the slightest bit of hope or light. It will get you through the moment and give you the strength for what ever comes next. And when you experience that little bit of hope or light, grab onto it and enjoy, for none of us really knows what the next moment might bring.


Theresa Schultz said...

Hi Terri,

Great post. Whenever I have a friend who gets a tough diagnosis, I tell them about my mom. She lost both breasts to cancer - 11 years apart. After the 2nd surgery, she was given 4, maybe 5 years to live, but the arrival of a new drug changed that. It has now been 18 years since the cancer and she is doing just great, looking forward to turning 83 this fall.

Never give up,

terri.forehand said...

Theresa, what a great success story. Thanks for sharing that.

Lisa Kirby said...

Hi, Terri,

This was an uplifting post. I can't imagine going through the turmoil these families endure. Thankfully, there's a site like yours to give them hope and resources.

Keep up the good work, Terri. I hope you're having a great weekend.

(And thanks, Theresa, for sharing your mother's story. Your family was truly blessed!)

Lisa Kirby