Being on the other side of cancer is easier than being in the middle. When you’re in the middle, it’s like being at sea and not knowing where you’re going. Some days were easy, while others were very challenging. The best parts of being sick were seeing all the friendly nurses and doing art and writing songs. The worst parts were losing some friends and seeing my mom in so much pain and not being able to see people I loved. I felt weak and nauseous a lot of the time, but now on the other side, I’ve learned about my self and life. I know kids can get very sick, I know I can get through tough times, I know that prayer works, and I know that my family will always be there for me. So, if you are going through hard times, don’t give up hope. Stay strong.
By Mary Jo, 11
I have never met my grandparents before, but my mom told me about them. She told me that my grandpa got milk from the cow and made it into cheese then sold it. She told me that they had lots of animals, like cows, pigs, horses, dogs, sheep, and goats. When my mom was little, my grandpa gave her a horse for her birthday. Her name was Star. My mom told me once there was a fox that was trying to get in the chicken pen and eat a chicken, but my grandpa saw it and scared it away. My mom looked in our closet to find a picture of Mexico that they took with the animals and my grandparents and my mom when she was little. First I saw a picture of a pig named Gordita, and she had piglets that he sold. Whenever there were baby chicks, cows, horses or goats, my grandpa would sell them. My grandma took a picture of the dog playing with the chicken. There was some stuff in the box with the pictures. There was a sombrero and a little statue of a Chihuahua dancing the Mexican hat dance. She put the box away and started thinking about going to Mexico. It’s a gateway to a lifetime.
by Christian, 4th grade
Oh mom, without you,
I wouldn’t be able to get food.
I also wouldn’t have anyone
to play with.
I wouldn’t even have my birthday.
Oh mom, how wonderful you are.
You are a wizard in the kitchen.
You are a great reader.
You cook me food.
You play with me,
you take care of me.
By Reeti, 2nd grade
[photo by mccluskey via flickr]