You've heard it before - it seems to be true of most of the "cancer kids" - sweet ... loving ... gentle ... never asked "why?"
There is so much I could tell you about JJ, but it would never be enough.
He was a thumb-rubber. Other kids love their blankets or pacifiers, JJ would hold your hand and rub your thumb.
He loved babies - his own or somebody else's. He would go up to any stroller in the mall and once he had the mother's permission, very gently touch the baby's face, hair and hands. JJ was four when his sister was born - he and his dad were "discussing" who got to drive her out of the hospital...JJ won. When his brother was born, there was no discussion...JJ drove. That was three weeks before he died.
JJ trusted us when we told him that part of his brain was sick and that the doctors were going to try and make it better. He didn't fight us during surgeries, radiation, chemo, supplements...he just did it.
He knew things.
He told us that "God and Jesus have big hands" to carry us up to Heaven. At bedtime one night he said that he didn't want to die. The book about Heaven reassured him, however, when he found out "no more pills?" And he knew that "the monster was coming back when the leaves were off the trees". He cried when, in his dream, "the smiling man at the gate wouldn't let him go through".
At 6:01pm on January 31st 2007, JJ went through the gate. He was 6 1/2 years old.
I miss him.
46 Mommas Shave for the Brave! Wow! ... ummm ... nope.
Even when my son was going through radiation and chemo it wasn't my hair that got even shorter...it was his dad's. I've wondered if that might have been different if it had been my daughter fighting for her life; I pray we'll never find out.
I know that hair grows back, for most of us, anyway. But it was still too much of a stretch for me to go from short hair to no hair ... until the 2011 team was being formed.
It was right then. I know other Mommas on this team, I have met some of their children, I have laughed and cried with them. We have much in common, these Mommas and I ... childhood cancer has struck at our families ... together we are striking back.
46 Mommas Shave for the Brave! Wow!...I'm a Momma!
We ARE 46 Mommas on a mission to raise awareness, raise funds for research and inspire others to help fund a cure for childhood cancer.
Each year a new class of 46 Mommas is inducted into the cause to empower and engage mothers of children with cancer. The number 46 is significant. On average, each weekday, 46 families receive the news that their child has cancer. Through increasing awareness of childhood cancer and raising funds for childhood cancer research by shaving our heads, we hope to one day be a group that no longer needs to exist.