I have written so many posts about this young boy. I have shared the long road traveled from his diagnosis of Leukemia, through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow transplant, and infection. So many of you have walked that road along side me. I have tried to describe, as well as I could, the character that was … More Remembering Daniel.
Here in Ireland there is no Thanksgiving day. It is thought of as a very American occasion. Christmas on the other hand, is a huge deal, with most workplaces shut for at least ten days. Family arrive home and there are celebrations and arguments in equal measure. All our focus is directed towards preparing and … More Thanksgiving, after that year?
I knew Daniels anniversary would be sad. I knew these weeks would be difficult. I have thought about it, and I was prepared. We would be there to support his family and to be of comfort. We would get through. That was before I called to my friends house and she put a white envelope … More More than a memory.
It is nearly the dreaded week. The anniversary week. The week we try to ‘act’ normal. The week we smile, chat and live our busy lives, all the while distracted. For we who knew young Daniel, will spend most of this week living in the past. Thinking of this week last year, this day last … More This week, my friend, I wish ‘To Mother You’.
I am finding it impossible to write. My block is not because I’m too busy, nor because I have no ideas to put on paper. It is because my thoughts are elsewhere. This weekend last year Daniel came home for the fist time since leaving four months earlier for a bone marrow transplant . There … More Living in the past.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is almost exactly two years since young Daniel began secondary school. All dressed up in his new uniform, white crisp shirt and blazer, so different a look to his usual choice of tracksuit or football kit. He looked so very handsome, and yet still cheeky! Dan only got … More Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
I have begun a new category on the blog. It is the story of Daniel, or as he was better known on this blog, ‘The young warrior’. You can check it out in the category on my header ‘Daniels story’. Today as I went back over my posts on Daniel, I was amazed to read … More Daniel’s Story
Today I have cleaned the house, including the bathrooms, I have chatted with my children, and made lunch, done laundry, and cleaned the house some more. Externally I have smiled, and gone about all I have to do as normal. But today, inside I weep. It is just over a year ago since young … More Today is not a good day.
Do you know what you were doing this time last year? Can you remember the days, hours, minutes and moments? I can. For this time last year was the beginning of the long goodbye. This time last year, here in Ireland, the weather was beautiful. A young boy was in the best form he had … More Do you remember this time last year?
The weather in Ireland at the moment is beautiful. It is warm, and sunny with clear blue skies. The countryside around where I live is beautiful in such weather, and even though I am living here a long time I never tire of looking at it. When I do it lifts my spirits and I … More Celebrating all that you were.