Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, I heard the words "there is a lesion on Colleen's femur". I was alone with Colleen at Triangle Orthopedics. This was our second or third visit. Colleen had been complaining of knee pain for a couple of months. She was a year round swimmer and she was still swimming every day but in the evening the pain had gotten so bad...

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A Child's Confidante

By Diane Moore, Executive Director, Striving for More It’s a fact that children do not usually share their feelings of fear with their parents in an effort to protect them. This was something that I learned along my daughter Colleen’s journey . I wish someone had told me this when she was first diagnosed. I would not have...

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Cancer - A Positive and Profound Turning Point?

As the Pediatric Cancer Editorial Advisor for Touched by Cancer Magazine , I have been asked to write a column about the positive things that can come out of a cancer diagnosis. Don't get me wrong, I can come up with content for this article all on my own. Although our daughter, Colleen lost her battler, cancer has profoundly and positively...

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Children Are Always Watching...

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~ Robert Fulghum Family after family wander through the door. But they are all going through the door, why can’t we go through the door? I try to come up with an explanation that does not badmouth the other families but give my daughter a reason...

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Live Life with No Regrets

We are on a family vacation in Mexico. Today we went on an excursion called The Mayan Snorkeling Adventure where our tour guides took a group of ten people to three locations to go snorkeling. At the second location, there was a cliff jump and a zip line going into the water of a Mayan sinkhole. Mackenna’s friend, Devereaux was all about...

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Fun Events ~ Get Out and Show Your Support

Striving for More is very fortunate to be supported by two wonderful groups who are putting on events to benefit our organization. Get out and support one or both of them if you can!     Raleigh Mom Prom - Saturday 7/23 This Saturday, Southern Momentum is hosting the first Raleigh Mom Prom. The event will...

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Warning: Patient Blogging Can Lead to Isolation

There are many wonderful websites out there specifically made for patient blogging. Sites such as CaringBridge and Care Pages are particularly popular in the Childhood Cancer community. When Colleen was sick, we maintained a CaringBridge site for her and it was fabulous. Before we discovered CaringBridge, it had became exhausting to...

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Patience and the Strength to Persevere

"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn...

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A Special Bag

If you are looking for a craft project for your family, your church, your girl scout troop, your quilters group or just a group of girlfriends that want to do something nice to help children with cancer, I have the perfect idea! Why not make bead bags? Bead bags are an easy project that mean the world to a child with cancer. Bead bags give...

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The Chair

To most people who look at this picture, it seems like just a simple chair. However, I looked at this picture and immediately burst into tears. That doesn’t happen to me very often, especially in public. But this night was different; this picture had reached back and invoked a memory that I had not thought of that vividly in almost...

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