For lots of families, September signifies the return to school. As teachers with three children, September has always been about a return to routine and learning but there has been a sense of excitement for the fresh start ahead. For us now, September also marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM). A month where the community involved with Childhood Cancer attempts to bring the subject to the forefront of conversation and media attention with the aim of raising awareness about the social, emotional, physical and financial impact of having a child cancer. It will highlight the saddening mortality rates that face a diagnosis, the lack of funding and research relating to childhood cancer and the tough side effects of treatment on the child and their family.
Last year we spent hours as a family, making and distributing yellow ribbons, the symbol for childhood cancer, to friends, family, and footballers. As a team, we felt empowered and proud to do something for the cause. It gave us a visual and concrete message to send out that we were part of something that affected children and families all over the country, all over the world and we wanted our voices to be heard.
As September draws closer, our home will again be full of ribbons and safety pins, but this year I want our shout to be louder. I want to share a day by day account of what it is like to parent a child with cancer. I want to share what it is like to parent siblings of a child with cancer. I want to share what it’s like for your marriage when your child is diagnosed with cancer. I want to share how having a child with cancer impacts your relationship with your family, your friends and your colleagues.
This is my plan, I hope I achieve it! Watch this space for my #blogaday for #CCAM and share with all you can.