Last week was a very difficult week at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust – two of our Little Fighters gained their Angel Wings and we celebrated the first Heavenly Birthdays of two more, both of whom only recently gained their Angel Wings…

While this may seem a strange topic for a Motivational Monday post, I think that it is the best topic – because this is what motivates us at LFCT to get up every morning and do what we do…

While we often never actually get to meet our Little Fighters or their Families in person, we go through every fight with them… we know when they undergo all those horrible tests and even worse treatments; we know when they are in pain; we know when they celebrate a good day, and we know when they are in such pain that they cannot eat or sleep or even just relax…

And through this all, through the days, weeks, months and sometimes years that they battle this disease; through all the pain and discomfort, the one thing that we see and which keeps us going is the absolute unparalleled strength with which they face everything and the fact that no matter what, they always have huge smiles on their faces…

motivational note from a lymphoma survivor about not giving up.

We communicate as regularly as possible with the parents, sometimes the grandparents – sometimes personally but more often by phone, messages, whatsapps etc. and we see the strength with which they deal with this most horrific disease, the lengths to which they go to do whatever they can to help their child fight a foe against which they can actually do very little themselves…

We share their tears and heartaches; we hold them in our hearts and sometimes in our arms as they cry; we hear the pain and anguish in their voices; we see what the stress of the disease as well as all the other added stresses such as financial stress does to them.

We celebrate the wins with them and we cry with them when things go wrong; we see the love for their child in their eyes and we see the fear too; we see how they battle to keep up a strong front in front of their child and others but fall apart behind closed doors… but most of all we see the strength that comes from within.

THIS is where we get our motivation to continue doing what we do and my advice to anyone who feels hard-done-by by life is “Look at a family that is battling Childhood Cancer – if you can summon an iota of their strength and fortitude, you can overcome anything in life!

To all our Little Fighters who have or still are battling Childhood Cancer and their Families, WE SALUTE YOU!!

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