Yesterday I had the honour of attending a Breast Cancer Fundraising Luncheon. This is an annual event organised by my darling next door neighbour and her daughter, who spend countless hours campaigning, organising and baking for this special occasion. Each year, they are successful in raising thousands of dollars for the very valuable cause.
|Afternoon Tea is an absolute delight.|
It is so special to be at an event with a range of women from all walks of life. Most of whom have experienced breast cancer personally or through a friend or relative. It is always lovely to catch up with women from the neighbourhood, and also with women who don’t live so close. For some of us, it is the one day in the year we actually catch up with one another.
|Musical chairs: These were the gorgeous tables set up for our luncheon. Which seat would you take up?|
I listen to stories of breast cancer, and I am reminded of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. So, I have made a personal pledge that each year my daughter and I attend this luncheon, we must celebrate another precious year together.
|2010: Another year to treasure together.|
I think there is absolutely nothing sadder or more unjust in life than a child losing his mother. I have taught many children who have lost their mothers to breast cancer, and they are amongst the bravest
little big people I know. I have so much admiration for them.
I can only hope that I am not faced with this particular challenge in life. I’m not sure how I would handle the situation if I ever am. I have so much respect for mothers who fight the personal battle with cancer and who also find the strength to comfort and support their children at the same time.
As we know, each family copes in their own way. Many families use books to help explain the situation to their children. There are also many women and children who find that writing their own stories becomes a way of coping. To recognise ‘Pink Month’, I thought I’d put together a list of picture books written to help families discuss cancer.
CHILDREN'S BOOKS ABOUT CANCER
Each of these 3 books has been written by Australian women and recently published.
Can be purchased from the Breast Cancer Network
My Mum's got Cancer, by Dr. Lucy Blunt and Eloise Osborn
(Jane Curry Publishing)This picture book, suitable for children (3+), has been written with honesty and humour. It was written by a clinical physcologist, mother and cancer-survivor. It has been illustrated by her daughter, age 11.
Can be purchased online from Booktopia
Read a full review at Bug in a Book.
Can be purchased online from SeekBooks