Let me start by saying how happy my heart is to say that Cannon is 306 days NED!!!!! Almost one year NED... ahhhhh!!!!! No relapse ever. How crazy is this?? Amazeballs, some might say!!
Ok so let me set the scene... my parents instilled a work ethic at a very young age in myself and my siblings. My dad was and still is a self-employed window cleaner and from the age of ten I would go and collect the money at the doors of the houses and clean windows in the summer. I loved it. Dad and I would pack lunches and eat them at 10am since we started work often at 5am. I still remember the taste of that good old Scottish white bread and block cheese - mmmm!!!
But... I was extremely spoiled by my amazing mother. What I mean by that is I never did my laundry or made dinners or tidied the house, I never even cleaned dinner after Mum cooked it. So when Mum and I talk about things she wished she did different as a parent, she says she wishes she had made her kids do more in the house. I think it sticks in my mind as when I moved out of my parents' house at age 23 to finish my last year of law school in Edinburgh, Scotland, I didn't know how to do anything. No, really, I didn't know how to do anything.
So here is my funny story...
I am attempting to do laundry, again at age 23 people. Bear in mind I realize this story is extremely embarrassing but seriously, who cares? So I set to the number my mum told me for the laundry I had in, but would you believe that every time I came back to check on the laundry, the number would have changed to a different number? So I kept setting it back to the original number my mum told me. Yes I know that the numbers are supposed to change and that's how the machine goes through the cycle. Well I should say NOW I know!
Another one? Oh, I have lots. I literally couldn't make this stuff up.
Okay... one more.
In Scotland you can call a directory and get numbers for anything - local pizza, movies, etc. So my mum asked me one day to call for something. I rang the number, they answered and said "Name, please" and I said "Melissa". Of course they meant name of the business I was calling about LOL. Lord help me.
I guess I should get to my point. I want to learn from what my mum has shared with me and really include my kids in things around the house. Everything takes longer but who cares? It's about making our family a team and everyone being a team player. Of course I appreciate they are young and have their limitations but the twins, who are not even two, can feed the dog, place laundry in the basket and put their diapers in the trash. More than I did as a teenage girl. I'm incredibly grateful to my wise mother for sharing her tips with me. She is the best mum in the world - in my eyes.
Cannon was diagnosed April 19, 2013 and April 19, 2015 we are having a block party on our street to celebrate Cannon and raise funds for pediatric cancer research. My sons have all been helping me with making things for the event and I just LOVE the feeling like they are a part of it. I pray that my boys have hearts for their community and for others. I will try my best as their mother to make that the case. It doesn't need to be pediatric cancer but whatever their heart desires.
In order to keep costs for our event to a minimum we at CKc are making everything... Lord help us!
So in the past few weeks I've learned to us an electric sander, make chalkboards, paint, use electric tools, glue guns (where has that been all my life?). It's a whole new world for me. No really, it is - but I am loving it!!! And since I am a mum to three sons I really need to be able to teach them that stuff. My hubby doesn't do DIY - he does lots - but DIY ain't his thing.
You know when Cannon was diagnosed I never imagined that we would be raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer at the level we are. How does the saying go? "What is sent to harm us, He will use to our advantage." Well, isn't that the truth? I couldn't be more proud of Team CKc for everything we as a team are making happen. CKc understands the term "teamwork" and I love that!!!
I confess this my first fundraiser. I've spoken at and attended many events but never actually organized one. I am loving it but having a little anxiety about people showing up, LOL. Below is our event Facebook page - if you want to stay updated on the event, attend or just stop me from going grey-haired early, please LIKE and SHARE it. Pretty please with a cherry on top.
Written by Mumma-Bear
Cannonball Kids' cancer
Thankful For The Fight
306 Days No Evidence of Disease
No Relapse Ever