Childhood cancer often feels like a mountain, a really big mountain. Sometimes you can feel like you’re owning the climb and sometimes it feels like the climb is vertical and you’re hanging from a rocky ledge with bleeding fingers, your family, job or other trickiness holding onto your legs. What each day has in common is the making of a choice. The choice to hang in there for a while and regain your strength, the choice to smile wide at your children and those around you and lead the team up the mountain, sometimes the choice is to have a solid tantrum or hide in the cupboard eating chocolate.
I know that we are not alone in facing mountains – lots of children and families and individuals have really big not-cancer mountains in front of them and we all make a choice every day in what to do about that. I personally believe that each one of us does the very best that we can every day and I know for me my very best varies dramatically day to day.
This is a collection of messages I’ve received from our Bravery Boxers, their families and their supporters. Sometimes all we need to take that next step up the mountain is to know that we are not alone.
I encourage you to ask yourself and your children "What does Bravery mean to you?". The wisdom of our children (and sometimes ourselves) blows my mind.
ps. I've received SO many contributions. Below is a random selection.