This is a beautiful story about love, compassion and the power of a mother. In the aftermath of the China earthquake, one local police officer – who is also the mother of a 6 month old – began nursing orphaned babies and those whose mothers could no longer feed them.
Some of the women had lost their milk because of the trauma. This mother didn’t think twice about helping the infants in need. What a smart, selfless, kind and important decision by this mom to help. I am in awe.
There are an estimated 4,000 orphans in China as a result of the 7.9 magnitude quake. The only positive to that bit of information is that thousands more Chinese are responding, hoping to adopt these children.
Cancer touches too many families. Most of you reading this blog know someone who has been diagnosed – and hopefully beaten – cancer, whether it’s a family member, friend or co-worker. My Dad’s side of the family has been hit with enough cancer to fill a textbook. My Dad is a survivor of head and neck cancer – a somewhat rare but no less nasty form of the disease.
Hearing someone you love has cancer is probably one of the scariest moments in life. It feels like a death sentence. It feels heavy, suffocating, and incredibly scary.
Then you start to talk about “the options”… treatments, recovery prognosis, possible side effects. It is overwhelming. It’s also tough to know what to make of all of this new information. There isn’t normally a lot of time for you to process it; cancer needs to be treated as soon as possible.
CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has put together a fantastic list of resources for cancer patients and those who love and care for them. A list I wish I’d had six years ago.
One more thing: please don’t forget the caregivers. They, too, need your love and support; it isn’t easy being a cancer patient’s rock.
In honor of Memorial Day and the start of summer, let’s round this out with a little beach time. Where is the best place for that kind of R&R? Click here to find out.
Filed under: Erica Hill
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