Max's Story: Parent's Letter Project Leukemia (ALL)- Max's dad

Fear, anger, hurt, sadness...they were all running through me when my son was diagnosed with leukemia at age two. How could this happen to him (and selfishly....why did this happen to me)?

Everyone we spoke with kept telling us that we would get used to it. It would become the new normal. I refused to believe them. They were right... I was wrong. You will learn to do things you did not believe were possible. You will learn to appreciate small victories and you will learn to appreciate large milestones like when your child is cancer free for a year… then two years… and then for the rest of his or her life.

Take advantage of all of the resources available and the help that is out there. No one can do this alone. Get involved. Learn. Advocate for your child and never ever be afraid to ask questions.

For a while the only easy day will be yesterday. That will change. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Set the example for your child. Show them a positive attitude. Show them how to be a fighter. What the mind believes, the body achieves. Don't be afraid to experience the sadness, but do not linger in it. Your child will pick up on it. It is a fight, but it is a winnable fight. Stay strong, stay positive.

My son is now 8 and a half (the half is very important at that age). He has been medication and cancer-free for over two years now. If he can do it, if we can do it, so can you.

Sincerely,

Max's dad Adam

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