Written Aug 5, 2009
This day is the day that we were told that Hannah had cancer.
A year ago today our lives took a new path and this day will never be forgotten.
I can't believe a year has gone by since Hannah's journey started. At 13 1/2 months old she was so brave and strong, she fought as hard as she could for four months. I think about how long those four months seemed while we lived in the hospital and all the up and downs we in countered along the way. How we were always as positive as we could be and highly optimistic; even though kids diagnosed with AT/RT have a mere 10% survival rate.
We give all of the praise to God for making those 4 months bareable and giving us the strength and guiding us to make the right decisions for Hannah.
Hannah touched many people in her short life. I have heard stories how she has impacted peoples lives who never had a chance to meet her. I think about the impact she has had on my life. I treasure ever second of every day that she was on this earth and I am so anxious to see her again in Heaven.
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:4
This path we have been on is not an easy one. It is something that I wish know one had to go through. It just breaks my heart thinking of all the kids, 12,400 U.S. Children, this year that will be diagnosed with cancer. They each will encounter many chemotherapy treatments, radiation, sickness, scans, tests, pokes, tears, life style changes, and their families will have to adjust to a new way of life.
And out of that 12,400 children, statics says that 2,500 children will die from cancer. There are many more families going through a similar situation as we have then you would think. Please keep them in your thoughts a prayers.
"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:17-18
We appreciate each and every one of you that has followed us during Hannah's journey, all the many prayers, and the encouraging words. We ask that you continue to pray for our family and the wonderful ministry that we have been called to do with Hannah's HOPE Foundation. We are helping families who are going down a similar path as we did with Hannah.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awarness Month and we are hosting many events to helps spread that word that kids get cancer too and to raise money to help support Arkansas families that have children with cancer.
Blessings to you ALL!
Keep the Faith!
-Tiffany, Jon, & Jackson