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  • 13 hours ago

    Hey mel and family remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and as a family and as individuals you are becoming stronger mother lion. Out of adversity we learn about ourselves as well as the world around us and sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad. If we can encourage someone by our example it's better than giving them a million dollars ,that's valuable. So keep being such a wonderful example to us in courage because none of us know what is round the corner in life xxx

    Georgie Russell

  • 14 hours ago

    As one people pleaser to another, you go girl!! If we're not our children's advocates, who will be? As I get older, I realize tomorrow is promised to no one. While fighting the urge to people please (and while feeling guilty), I try do what I think is right and not what others may expect me to do. I never feel bad about what I've said, only what I didn't say. 

    Jennifer Locke

  • 15 hours ago

    You are a very good writer.  I am keeping Cannon in my prayer's I have followed many childhood cancer kids for the last 6 years.  The first time it was a request from a mutually friend then you get hooked and need to know if they are okay.  I have been following many for a long time but I rarely sign the guest book thinking praying is good enough.  Last summer my disabled adult son was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer.  I started a site to keep family and friends updated.  Never in a million years did I think I would need a Caring-bridge page.  Now I understand how important it is to sign the guest .    

    Susan Salewski

  • 17 hours ago

    I am loving your last comment about 'said nurse'! I imagine if it were her child she would "go away" to get the best possible treatment for him or her too. People like that don't deserve your time or energy. As the song says..."Let it Go..." 
    You have millions of people supporting every decision you are making for your son. Don't let one crabby one bother you!!

    Continued thoughts and prayers going to you and your family....


    Denise M.

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  • 18 hours ago

    Keep your eye on the prize!!! Good job, Mumma Bear.  Praying hard.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Pat Shannon

    Pat Shannon

  • 18 hours ago

    I am so sorry that Cannon isn't NED, yet. Those are precious letter. Though our daughter's fight was very different from Cannon's any cancer mom knows how precious those letters are. Our daughter was diagnosed with medulloblastoma at age 7. She is weeks away from high school graduation and her 18th birthday. We are blessed. I talk to her and her sisters about Cannon a lot. Sarah Grace is taking a college public speaking class and has to give a persuasive speech soon. She is speaking on awareness and funding for Pediatric cAncer. I have referred her to this site and Instagram for data and with your permission pictures of Cannon to use in her PowerPoint. SG has a heart and passion for kids with cancer and next year will start her pursuit for a degree to become a child-life specialist. We pray for Cannon daily at our house. During this Easter season, I pray that your family experiences the peace and love that the cross brings to each of us. For His sacrifice alone allows a cancer kid and family to manage each day.

    With Gods love,
    Dori Jarecki
    0016@windstream.net

    Dori Jarecki

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  • 19 hours ago

    Of course, we are all disappointed with you that today was not the day that Cannon was declared NED.  The good news is that this does not mean that that day will not come. I honestly feel that all of you have come too far in this journey...battle...or whatever you want to call it for the phrase NED to evade Cannon forever.  It WILL come--just not today!

    Sending, as always, love and prayers, 

    Betty Burgess

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  • 19 hours ago

    Melissa- 
    You have officially been diagnosed with the best of all syndromes- a lioness complex!! It is another perk of being the muma! I was  you back in the day and before my wee ones needed me to step up or step between. I am thankful for the differences my children have made in me. Here I thought it was my job to help them do that for themselves and never noticing the changes they made in me. YEAH for motherhood! Still praying! Stay strong and positive - the day will come!
    Hugs!!
    Clare

    Clare Parker

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  • 21 hours ago

    Melissa:   I admire your strength and how you are a fierce protector and supporter of your family.  You are indeed an inspiration for all Mums who have to juggle so many balls and keep them all in the air.  Keep writing!   We keep praying!

    Philippa and Burrell Ellis

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  • 21 hours ago

    I have no idea why we end up traveling the journey we are on but I know who carries us through it.  Thank God for our faith that pushes us forward and I thank God for the promise that he will never give up on us.  It is that model that gives Mums (and Dads) the courage to NEVER EVER QUIT especially where our children are concerned.  We will all run/walk in the Corporate 5K today proudly wearing our Cannonball Kids Cancer shirts as we pray that Cannon will be NED. 

    Pat McLeod

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  • 21 hours ago

    What a inspirational woman you are Melissa and what an inspirational family you are.  Strength, faith and love are powerful forces never to be reckoned with, you are all a testament to that!

    Yes there is always one, unfortunately :(( but you handled it well!

    We hope you all have the chance of wonderful times over Easter.

    Love Kim & Gary  xx

    Kim & Gary Mason

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  • 21 hours ago

    You GO, Melissa! I admire your ferocity and courage fighting for Cannon. I read your words and take strength from what you are saying to stand up for myself, husband and children as you do for yours.

    Yes, when Cannon is NED and all is well, you must have a blog or better yet a book to continue to inspire us. You have a true gift for words and wisdom that you will need to continue to share with the world.

    Have a great day!

    Sarah Berry

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  • 22 hours ago

    We don't 'like' that Cannon's not NED - YET! - but he's getting closer, and will soon be there! Your Cannonball is always in our prayers and thoughts! We think of him as The Cannonball Express!

    Dixie Sansom

  • Apr 16, 2014 6:09pm

    Your entry brings back memories of when our son and his wife got the horrifying news that their youngest child, Kate, then, 2yrs/9 mo. was diagnosed with stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma. It was on Jan. 20, 2012, the date permanently etched in my brain. The end of April, 2014, Kate will be turning 5 years of age. It's so hard to let go of those terrible months of surgery, chemo, radiation, 2 stem cell transplants, and immunotherapy. But let go, I must, if we are to forge ahead and endure what GOD has in store for our family. It comforts us to know that we are not in this alone. However, I wish no family or child had to endure what this horrible disease casts upon their lives...the pain, the agony, the tears, the broken hearts and  the years of uncertainty that face us all. What it has done is join families together in a search for a cure...and it WILL be found. Hopefully to benefit Cannon, Kate, Kaden, Kendra, Kendall, Aaron, Aiden, Braden, and all the other children and their families that are affected by its ruthlessness. For now, I will continue to pray, not only for the total restoration to health to the bodies of these little ones, that only GOD can give, but for the positive attitudes of the families that face the unknown. I pray for those children and families, yet undiagnosed, that their journey will be easier because of what our children are experiencing in the name of Science. So it is with love and positive thoughts that I send this to you, praying that GOD will touch your life with HIS healing goodness. Love, Kate's grandparents in Toledo, Ohio

    Sue Koslovsky

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  • Apr 16, 2014 12:56pm

    Melissa- 
    It has been an incredibly horrific journey that you are on but how far ya'll have come. Ya'll are amazing parents and stellar role models. Grace under pressure!! Cannon is from good stock! Tough little rascal! Continued prayers and positive thoughts always!
    Hugs
    Clare

    Clare Parker

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