February is National Cancer Prevention Month and we have come across many touching stories. These brothers are raising awareness by sharing their story - TODAY weekend anchor Craig Melvin’s brother faces stage 4 colon cancer at the young-age of 39. Unfortunately, doctors report a growing trend of early onset cases, so it is important to get screenings.
We are well aware that we mention our favorite card maker, Emily McDowell, often, but we just love everything she does and says. Her book is now out, so go order it! She was featured on NPR and shares her wisdom on providing sympathy. She says to not worry so much about saying the right thing, because that is impossible, but instead focus on just being there and listening. Instead of allowing someone to be angry or sad…. "there is this internal pressure to come with a silver lining… [but] that feels like your pain, which is very real, is being minimized.” We completely agree.
This powerful story from the Elephant Journal reminds us that honesty is important when someone is dying.
Zach Sobiech who died of osteosarcoma is missed by his loving family and his sister, Grace, shares her college essay, inspired by him. She worries about remembering him, but now realizes that she carries a bit of him with her. Very touching essay.
Here are a few other links from around the web that we wanted to share.
- Henry Ford Health System has a website and many resources dedicated to caregivers. They also offer a wonderful grief support program for children, Sand Castles.
- forevercurious.org is putting together a list of cancer resources. We liked this one and this.
- In case you missed it…. February 11th was World Day of the Sick. If you are interested, here are ideas for a month of prayers for both the sick and caregivers.
Do you have an inspirational or helpful news story to share? We would love to hear from you!