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Donnas Cancer Story

Donna's Cancer Story: Harvest

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.08.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

You know your kid is sick when you're jealous of another kid's cancer.

Donna's Cancer Story: Questions

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

If you see a bald child, smile. Look their parent in the eye. Let them know you understand. Be aware that you are looking at greatness. Know that kid is amazing and brave and so very, heartbreakingly vulnerable. Just like Donna.

Donna's Cancer Story: Vacation

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

There my husband was, tossing his burger, repeatedly, and I was incensed. 'How could he?' I remember thinking. My picture-perfect family getaway where we were going to ignore cancer for five whole days was being usurped not by chemo or neutropenia or cancer but by blue cheese!

Donna's Cancer Story: Blessed Routine

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

When you are caring for a child with cancer, you take nothing for granted. Nothing.

Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Choosing not to read about Donna is to miss out on a love story.

Donna's Cancer Story: Chemo Starts

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

The first month was terrifying for us. We did what we needed to do and were grateful for the opportunity; grateful for the ability to inject poison into our girl's thin, tiny veins, if that is what it took to rid her of cancer.

One Little Girl With Cancer Could Be Any Parent's Child

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I am better for having "met" this little girl and her mother. This story is uniquely theirs, yes, but it is also universal. It is the tale of too many Donnas and too many Sheilas.

Donna's Cancer Story: Surgery 2.0

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.03.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I was huddled in a corner wrapped in a prayer blanket that had been gifted to me that morning. There was a hush in the room and the nurses silently completed their task. The space felt sacred.

Donna's Cancer Story: Relapse

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

With a few weeks to absorb the diagnosis and Donna returning to her shiny self, we settled into Threat Level Orange and were relieved to be rid of the red.

Donna's Cancer Story: Diagnosis

Sheila Quirke | Posted 11.01.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

"There is a mass in your daughter's head." There is a mass in your daughter's head. It bears repeating because with those words our lives changed: Just. Like. That.