Although September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month (I know it is October), I think awareness needs more than one month of the year. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Unlike many adult cancers, childhood cancer isn’t linked to lifestyle or environmental factors; but by genetics or chance.
The good news is that with improved care and treatment over the past 30 years, survival rates have increased to 80%. Children treated for cancer are now surviving for 5 years or more after treatment. However, many long-term health issues and late side effects follow survivors as they age. Some late side effects may not show up until many years later: emotional troubles, secondary cancers, reproduction and sexual development, growth problems, cognitive loss, heart issues (and too many more). Once a child becomes an adult and leaves pediatrics it becomes a question of where do they go for followup? Adult oncology centers do not want a pediatric long term survivor – they are not new patients nor were they an adult when diagnosed. It can become a conundrum.
My dear friend celebrated a birthday and I gifted her with a quilt that I started for her two years ago. Finally. I rarely name quilts, but this one I titled: “Wanderer.” (She’ll get it).
It’s not the best image (too sunny and hot to fiddle with a camera). But, I’m happy with how it turned out. My very first ‘original design.’ Well, go me. 😀 I guess I could have also titled this quilt: “At Last!” Regardless, Happy Birthday DiHi!
Phoebe Darling is such a little brat, but she’s MY little brat.
This tiny spitfire is always busy. Her day consists of chasing her brudder pup, Douley, stealing borrowing Miss Pearl’s toys and bones and hiding them in her crate and burrowing behind the sofa cushions to nap.
It can’t have been ten years ago that she wiggled her way into our hearts?!?
Happy (is it really?) 6th birthday, Burningwood’s Bannon O’Douhl – or better – Douley!
First week home…
World’s Best BT Pup Boy!
Can you tell how much we love our Douley boy? 🙂 Douley was born on Easter Sunday six years ago. He is such a gentle soul. He lives with his sista-pup, Phoebe Darling. They play ALL DAY LONG until they fall to sleep in exhaustion.