Genghis, father of Samar, cancer patient
“She’s grown a lot at this hospital. When we first arrived, she was still in a crib. Now she’s in a big girl bed, she walks, and talks, and plays. Most kids have these milestones at home, so this hospital has been her home.”
"Then there comes the time you have to walk to the unit where they prep your child for their procedure. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve had to do it in this process, it’s never an easy thing to watch your baby being put under and leaving them in someone else’s care while you wait on pins and needles for results."
"Cancer is never a lone battle. It takes a community. And within the community there are warriors who provide comfort and solace to one another. When Samar saw her aunt back in June, she told us the news that she was battling cancer, too. She brought us strength and hope, getting Samar through her first round of chemo. Now it's Samar's turn to return the favor. We love you, Auntie Mina. Love is greater than cancer. Always."
"I want to paint an accurate picture of what the daily life of a children's cancer looks like. It still breaks my heart to see her cry this way, but I've been through it enough to recognize that this is fear and not pain. We've made steps to help her through the process, like distracting her with a child life specialist holding an iPad, or giving her breaks between each of the different steps to calm her down. But when all is said and done, she wipes her tears and cheers gleefully saying, 'Dressing change, ALL done. SamarrrrrStrooooong!'"
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