Abandoning a Child After Cancer is Diagnosed
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From NotMilk.com
September 2015

Fight a good battle for your child as nutrition represents the best defense against an invasive offense.

No child, no matter what path they may have chosen, should be abandoned by the people who should love them the most. When two people come together and make the conscious decision to create a life, they have an obligation to protect and love that child until death.
― S.L. Jennings, Dark Light

Being diagnosed with cancer is a shocking and depressing moment for an adult. Having your own child diagnosed with cancer is worse.

Many parents see it as a fault of their own and ask, "Why is this "happening to my child?" They then proceed to pamper that son or daughter as if every day is the last day, ignoring nutritional foods for comfort foods; replacing good habits with bad instead of preparing that child’s immune system for the coming battle. In other words, guilt and other factors provoke the parent to give up.

The August, 2015 issue of the journal Pediatric Blood Cancer includes a study by Boston researchers who compared nutritional choices of children who are surviving a diagnosis of cancer with dietary guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture. Doctors found (much to their disappointment):

Childhood cancer survivors experience significantly elevated risk of premature mortality and serious morbidity due to chronic health conditions.

Poor diet quality can exacerbate chronic health conditions. Survivors had a particularly poor adherence to green vegetables and beans, total vegetables, and whole fruits. None of the survivors met the guidelines for dietary fiber and potassium intake.

Scientists sadly concluded:

"Childhood cancer survivors, in particular long-term survivors, have a poor adherence to the US dietary guidelines. "

To parents who feel like giving up I offer this advice. Read Warrior of The Light by Paolo Coelho, and then become one. Fight a good battle for your child as nutrition represents the best defense against an invasive offense.

Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again...we are survivors. If you are here today... you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.
- Lori Goodwin

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