Manic Mother Photography: A Look At Childhood Cancer

Yesterday, when our very good friend and SITS Contributor, Jen from Buried with Children, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “A Post I Think Must Be Shared on SITS“, I immediately clicked over.

And what I read not only brought me to tears, but it also reminded me of why I love social media.  Blogging is so much more than design, and SEO, and clicks, and numbers.  At its very root, it is the art of sharing our stories and bringing people into our lives.  In a single post, not only can I be humbled by another mother’s courage and strength, but I can also be moved to take action and do what I can to help.

Below is an excerpt from a recent post that Beth of Manic Mother Photography wrote in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

I can still recall with great clarity the moment we were told our son has cancer. I remember the nausea, the disbelief, the spinning room, my muffled screams. Surely, there must have been some sort of mistake.

My ignorance up until this point had been gloriously blissful. I never in a million years thought this would ever happen to our family.

But there was no mistake about it.

My son has been receiving chemotherapy for a little over two years now.

My son Ezra is the bravest, strongest, most vivacious little boy you ever will meet. My son has leukemia.

Beth Mancuso Beth Mancuso

Our lives and our outlooks have changed over these last two years. The initial shock has worn off, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Certain parts, perhaps, but as a whole it has not gotten any less complex.

It never gets any easier to restrain my baby as people poke him with needles and prod him with machines.

It never gets any easier to watch him cry, or to listen to those heart wrenching screams of his.

It never gets any easier to look into his pleading eyes, and not be able to answer those pleas…

We urge you to click over to Beth’s blog and read this post in its entirety.  Her words and images will not only give you an entirely new appreciation for the power of social media, but her post will also help you understand how to make a difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, even without spending a dime.

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Comments

  1. This brought tears to my eyes! I didn’t know that September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month ~ what a powerful story to get your message out. I wish you and your family the best.

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to this amazing woman, her beautiful family, and her courageous little man. I can’t imagine what this must be like to go through but am sending lots of strength and healthy healing vibes to all. *HUGS*

  3. Oh my goodness, I’m about to lose it just from this short excerpt, and while I really don’t want to click over, I’m going to.

  4. I’ve been slacking with checking in every day. Today I decided to start being better about checking SITS…I’m so glad I did. Whoa.

  5. And the reason I like sites like YOU? Because you share profound sites like this. Thank you.

  6. My cousin is a nurse and used to work at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Oncology Department. She had a hard time dealing with the pain and struggles these children AND parents face. This mom’s pictures and strength fill my heart so much. She is truely a woman of great courage. Thank you for sharing this blog.

  7. I’ve been a follower of hers for a long time, and my prayers are always with Ezra and his family.

  8. So sad. Be strong mama.

  9. I’ll definitely need to grab a box of kleenex before I go read this featured blogger! The pictures are already reducing me to tears. Amazed at the strength of this mother.
    Bernice

  10. Wow. What a brave boy and a brave mother.

  11. I take care of children (and adults) with cancer quite frequently, and every time, I’m grateful that I don’t have to go through that. But the reality is it could happen to anyone.

  12. Wow…that moved me. I’m very choked up right now. It’s so sad to see such a young little child having to go through that. I’m clicking over right now.

  13. I feel for her, it was not a child of my own that was lost. In my case I watched as my parents shuttled my brother to and from the hospital. In fact the last time we ever drove him to the hospital – I drove that day. I listened to his tears in the back seat of the car as he begged us not to take him. And I remember the last time we left. Without him.

    I pray for her, for her family and for her son. I also pray that others understand that helping stop this HORRIBLE disease is worth a latte a month. That’s $5 people. $5 x 12 though is $60. $60 x say 100 people…well you keep doing the math and think of how very much that one latte would help.

  14. Sooo sad to see a little kid who doesn’t understand what is happening suffer like that. But I know it’s benefiting soo many people for her to write about it.

  15. I remember the children’s Oncology ward being full all the time while my younger sister was battling lymphoma. There’s nothing like being a teenager and having to take your little sister to chemo appts. and hold her still while she gets long needles poked into her 15 days in a row. My heart goes out to all who suffer from cancer.

  16. It just proves that we can’t take anyone or anything for granted! There are millions out there suffering like Ezra and I feel ni\othing but the greatest compassion for the parents struggling with this horrible disease! My hats off to you! Anne

  17. There’s no denying that there is great power to be found in social media. It moves me to pieces anytime someone uses that power for good; sharing their story with the masses and effecting change on some level. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  18. Thank you for sharing and bringing light to this subject. It is one thing when it happens to you, but another when it is your child. My heart goes out to this Mama. Both, Mama and Ezra are strong beyond belief.

  19. wow! powerful! Social media is amazing.

  20. My first brush with this was when I joined the blogosphere two years ago and read a few stories of the struggles families have when their children are diagnosed with cancer. Little did I know my nephew would be diagnosed a year later. Thank you for sharing this link. It means a lot to those of us who are touched by it personally.

  21. WOW. What an amazing mother. Her post and photos are haunting and beautiful. Thank you for posting this today.

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