as told by their mom, Michelle.
My twin girls were diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), nine weeks apart. These diagnoses tore our lives apart. Never, in a million years, had I imagined anything like this happening. My three-year olds were fighting for their lives, and at home I had a small baby and my eight-year old son.
Our oncologist told me ours was the second set of twins she had seen and treated in her whole career. It’s very rare, but still happens. My whole focus became my girls and I started to shut the world out as nothing mattered to me except getting them cured and home! At that point, I didn’t know we had a long two and a half years of treatments in front of us, with many crucial moments.
Within a couple of days after the first diagnosis, I met Renee from Childcan. She was there to tell me about the organization and its support, to be a shoulder and show me I wasn’t alone. At the time, I was in shock, hiding my worries well and putting on a fake smile, oblivious to what exactly was in store for us. Renee offered a great support package and guidance on what was going to happen.
The day after the second diagnosis, Childcan was there again, meeting with the girls and me, and trying to prepare us, yet again. It was great comfort to know Childcan was on our side and would be a shoulder to lean on or whatever we needed. During treatment, there were some unexpected costs and Childcan provided us with whatever help they could – food vouchers for the hospital cafeteria, gas cards for travel, parking passes for hospital visits and stays, and the list goes on!
I think Childcan played a very important role in my girls’ treatment. Even as we ended our protocol, Childcan continued to be there for us, emotionally, and financially when needed. They also value childhood cancer awareness, as well as getting the kids out in the community to have fun, whether it was a trip to the CN Tower so all the kids could see it lit in gold in support of each warrior, or providing the kids with the annual Childcan trip to Canada’s Wonderland.
First and foremost, Childcan has the kids’ best interest at heart. The kids don’t see them as a health care professional. My girls know the Childcan people by name and trust them. To the kids, Childcan is one of them.
It has been six years since the original diagnoses and the twins are cancer-free and doing well! They made it; they beat the odds, thanks to the wonderful medical staff, and all of our supporters, like Childcan, and, of course, all the love sent from our friends and family.
This is a journey I won’t forget but also one I try not to remember!
Fight like my girls, Kianna & Alasia.