Thursday, October 8, 2009

Prayers for Sam Owen & Mason McLeod

Sam Owen has Burkitt's. He received his bone marrow transplant. But the cancer returned into his central nervous system. His family in on top of everything, but they are now faced with decisions that no parent should have to face.

The truth is, with cancer, there are no absolutes. There are no answers. You study your options, you love your child, and you make your decisions. And you pray. Like Miles Levin said, "Keep fighting, but stop struggling".

As for us, we need to keep them in our thoughts and prayers, and support them in every way possible. Sam's mom wrote, "There are no right or wrong ways to be now, but there is right for us, and we have found it, and we're sticking to it."

Sam's blog is

Mason McLeod continues in his long fight. Doctors have lost hope again...but that is getting to be an old story. They have lost hope many times over the past 19 months. But Mason continues to prove them wrong.

Mason's dad continues to fight on every level, leaving no stone unturned. When fighting for treatments for Tyler, I was accused of having lost my mind. They said I was insane to push so hard and dig so deep. Well, maybe. But remember that Tyler is alive and healthy today. Every child is different. Every cancer is different. Every family must find their own answers. Mason refuses to lose.

Children don't stop and give up. They push and they push and they push forward in the human spirit of life. It is everywhere here. Adults project despair where children manifest faith. -- Jodilyn Owen

The human body can last roughly 30 days without food. The human condition can last roughly 3 days without water. But no human alive can live for more then 30 seconds without hope, because without hope we have nothing. -- Sean Swarner, first childhood cancer survivor to reach the summit of Mt. Everest

We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell. -- Lance Armstrong

Why are they giving up on me, when I still want to fight? -- Brett Workman

I'm in rough seas now, with a cancer weight clasped around my ankle, pulling me down beneath the waves. I’ve come close to drowning a couple times, but lately it looks like all this furious kicking might just bring me back to the surface, at least for awhile…Hopefully someone will come through… We’re in a period of uncertainty, which is better than being in a period of certain hopelessness. -- Miles Levin

We are just kids we are supposed to get to have fun and be able to go to school and spend time having lots of fun and worry our mama's when we are late coming home, to have our first kiss, to grow up and have kids that our parents can spoil. Not to be sick everyday. Not to be fighting cancer. Not be told sorry we can't do anything else for you. Not to be afraid.--Sinjin Andrukates

1 comment:

melissac said...

I found your blog through Sam Owen's blog. I admire your strength and courage. I have learned a lot through your blog regarding the serious shortfall in funding research on pediatric and adolescent cancer. I was unaware. Thank you for letting us know.