Nothing is the same

December 2, 2012 

Danica Lerch My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 23, 2011. She went through chemo treatments, then radiation. During chemo, my sister and I had to go to our grandparents’ house. We had fun there but not as much as shopping for scarfs and dangly earrings with her because she was becoming bald.

When my mom went through radiation, my sister and I went to our grandma’s house for an hour every morning. When we got back to our house, our other grandma would take care of us because my mom got so tired that she could not stay awake.

I think my mom should win the “Rising Above Breast Cancer” award because she works hard to stay strong and still keeps me, Danica; my sister, Darrah and my dad, Jeff, happy. It is hard for her to cook dinner and get us on the bus in the morning. Sometimes she would have to go to sleep early.

Breast cancer is hard for everyone and I really want to help. You can help too. Just keep them company and send them lots of love, like I do to my mom. I like reading to her in the evenings and sometimes play board games or watch movies with our family.

It is cool to have a mom like my mom. She is strong and I think she is stronger than anyone I know. She is a true survivor!

It would be really, really nice if we won because I know how much chemo and radiation cost. (We are not poor). I would be OK if we didn’t win, but I like to get out and do things every once in a while.

I think this contest is a good opportunity to inspire people to stand up to breast cancer. I am wondering if my writing will help people to notice how important it is to stand up to more than breast cancer.

Here is a little note about me: October is my favorite month not because of Halloween but because it is stands for breast cancer. Pink is my favorite color not because it is girly but because it is the color of the breast cancer ribbon. None of the greatest doctors in the world know what causes breast cancer. After it happens, it creates a new normal. Like I said, you need to give them lots of love because from the moment your loved one hears the words, “You have breast cancer,” everything is different. Even if your day has been perfect, it affects everyone, like a ripple in the fabric of your life.

The things your family used to do might be lost, but after she heals, then you can do it again. For example, my mom could not go wake boarding or even get in to the river water. Now she can do it better than ever. Danica Lerch is a third-grader at White Bluffs Elementary School in Richland. She is the daughter of Amie and Jeff Lerch. When not spending special time with family, Danica plays soccer, basketball and swims.

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