Small Hands Creating Hope is a project started by MaryAnne at MamaSmiles.com. As a survivor herself she reached out to many bloggers to submit children's projects that symbolize hope in the face of cancer. When I read her blogpost I knew I wanted to participate.
As a 10 year survivor myself, courage, hope and love is crucial to beating this disease. I was diagnosed with lymphoma the same week I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant with our second child. After refusing doctor's recommendations to terminate the pregnancy, I was followed closely by top oncologists from the NY metropolitan area. At 20 weeks pregnant, I still was losing weight and sick. My doctor wanted one more MRI before he started chemotherapy while I was pregnant. Miraculously, my MRI showed that the cancer in my neck, chest and arm had become smaller! The doctor's chose to hold off chemotherapy and I delivered a full term healthy baby girl. Starting chemotherapy with an newborn and a 19 month old toddler was no picnic. But prayers, courage, hope and love helped us all through it. Now, 10 years later I have a wonderful, spirited 10 year old girl who God has great plans for in this life, a 12 year old daughter, 8 year old son, 6 year old daughter and a 21 month old baby girl. My husband and I have been so blessed. As the phrase goes "that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger"!!!!
For my submission to the ebook we created charms, keychains, bracelets or necklaces out of metal washers.
Mamasmiles is sending the ebook version of this book out to anyone who donates at least $15 to the American Cancer society. An email with the download link, as well as a second link that allows you to purchase a hard copy of the book for an additional $10.52 will be sent once we receive your donation. There are close to 40 bloggers who have participated in this project. The ebook is loaded with projects that young children can create to give to a loved one with cancer or in memory of someone who had cancer.