A Childhood Cancer Survivor Blogging about the World of Childhood Cancer

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

Today, I want to reach out to my friends and give you one great big, gigantic hug! You see, you showed me—with your actions—that your hearts are genuinely golden. Yesterday, I passed on a message I received asking for support for a fifteen year-old girl named Crista. (CristaOrtiz@gmail.com ) By last night, I heard that Crista has received dozens of messages and lots of prayer.

You are amazing! You are caring, loving, and kind. You could have just moseyed on with your usual daily routine and let “Someone Else” take care of it. But no. You took the time to send a message… even just a sentence or two…  to let Crista know there is someone who cares. Even a sentence or two can make a huge difference in the day of a child (or adult!) fighting a serious illness. We think we need to do something huge, or spend huge amounts of money to create something meaningful. But the truth is, every teeny –tiny drop of love I received when I was sick meant everything to me. And I am sure it is the same with Crista.

Okay all you kooky, crazy, childhood cancer fighting advocates and angels… gather together in my arms at this moment for one enormous group hug!


I need to share one more thing I learned last night.

Last night, for the first time in a week, Crista spoke.

Crista even smiled.

When you think you can’t contribute because you can’t give something “BiG,” please know that it is the “little things” that ARE the BIG thing.

You are God’s Hands and Heart in action here on Earth. You are brilliant. You are beautiful.


Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

A Scarf for my Child Life Specialist, Jaynie

Jaynie filled my hospital stays with love.




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