Before I start, I have to say on both my and Bob’s behalf, that we are so grateful for our family, friends, past and current students and parents of those students, community members, and even strangers who have reached out to us this week. We also have to thank the staff of Cleveland Clinic, our new home. We are in utter awe of all the people who care about us and most importantly who adopted Hawk as their own. Please know the hugs have been felt and the well wishes and prayers have been heard.
As painful and devastating as this has been for us, our faith in human kindness has been restored. We are blown away by the number of calls, texts, and emails that we have received. So much so, we have decided to start this blog for those who would like to travel on this long, perhaps painful ride with us. While we do not know exactly what lies ahead, we do know that this will be the battle of our lives. Bob and I, along with Hawk and you, if you are willing, are ready to kick cancer’s ass. Cancer, quite bluntly, screwed with the wrong kid.
We encourage people to continue to call, text, and email us as it provides us great encouragement. We also must say that there is no possible way that we can get back to everyone. All of our time and energy is into 1) getting Hawk well again and 2) taking care of our other children. I would be lying to say that anything else matters. It just doesn’t.
But know that doesn’t make us any less thankful. While half of our hearts our filled with pain for what our precious baby boy is going through, the other half is filled with love for all of you who have shown such care, compassion, and love for us as a family. We are so very thankful for each and every one of you.
This is a very painful but what I hope to be therapeutic process for me as Hawk’s mother. As an English teacher for almost 20 years, I have tried to teach my students the power of writing. I will try to gain something from my own teachings with my own very personal writings.
The first post will probably be the longest as it has been a week long in the making. It has taken me a week to have enough strength and courage to articulate Hawk’s Heroic Tale.