It is said that the decision to have a child is “to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” When your child dies your heart is o...bliterated, broken beyond repair. When your child dies, a huge part of you dies, too. And there is no getting that part back again. Over time you can try to put the pieces of yourself back together again, but they don’t fit the same. There are huge pieces missing, no matter what you do. No matter how long it’s been.
The pain– visible or not– is with us every breath and every step we take, every second of every day. The scars never heal. We are not defined by child loss, but we are certainly marked by it. Forever.
Original post by Angela Miller, thank you for putting into words what is so hard for others to understand.
Aaliyah Mitchell Mommy continues to miss you, we all miss you. I see so much of you in your brothers and sisters and we talk about you every day. My heart will never stop hurting baby girl, I pray you have the most wonderful Christmas in Heaven 😘
Day 2 of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Be aware and know the signs, trust your gut instinct if you believe something is wrong, Aaliyah Mitchell exhibited several of the listed symptoms which we believed were normal childhood "growing pains."
Many symptoms can be described using the acronym C.H.I.L.D. C.A.N.C.E.R. provided by the Pediatric Oncology Resource Center:
Continued, unexplained weight loss...
Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones, joints, back or legs
Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis or armpits
Development of excessive bruising, bleeding or rash
A white-ish color behind the pupil
Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea
Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
Eye or vision changes which occur suddenly and do not go away
Recurrent or persistent fevers of unknown origin
Make sure your child has regular medical check-ups and watch for any unusual signs or symptoms that don’t go away. Your child’s doctor can work with you to assess your child’s risk, by reviewing family medical history, physical examinations or screenings.Talk to your pediatrician about prolonged symptoms that your child may be experiencing.
To anyone interested that may not live in the area interested in mailing donations please mail to Aaliyah's Hope, 3400 Red Oak Circle, Orange Park, FL. 32073. ...All toys must be new due to the children's weakened immune systems on the Oncology floor. Children love reading and coloring books, board games, handheld video games, arts, crafts, etc. All donations will go to Wolfson Children's Hospital Oncology floor.
September 1st marks the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Will you go gold with me in honor of Aaliyah Mitchell, her battle, all of the children that have fought and are fighting. On August 15, 2013 Aaliyah was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma and given a 30% chance of survival. Before diagnosis I was the "blissfully unaware" parent that never could have imagined my child getting sick, certainly not fighting for her life, she was only 8 yrs old. Aaliyah fought ha...rd and refused to give up.... For a period of 18 months she endured 14 rounds of inpatient chemotherapy where she was pumped full of poison designed for adults in an effort to save her, 31 rounds of Proton Therapy directed at a baseball sized inoperable tumor so she could walk again, 10 rounds of Radiation and surgery to her lungs in an effort to combat 7 tumors that had metastasized so she could breathe. All of this only to relapse almost immediately. I researched every single medical trial available, spoke with Oncology teams across the world. Every relapsed protocol failed her....On 1/28/15 at 1043am Aaliyah passed away in my arms on a flight home from MD Anderson. And no, it wasn't peaceful, nor was it fair! Cancer took my baby from me, and yes it can take your child too. IGNORANCE WON'T SAVE YOUR CHILD. More RESEARCH, FUNDING & AWARENESS towards Childhood Cancer can. Please continue to share Aaliyah's story, fight with us, fight for us... #OurChildrenAreOurFuture #WorthMoreThan4 #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth
Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and support. Jayden will begin seeing a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Nemours Children's Clinic due to some growth ...issues. This is a challenge in itself as I haven't been back to Nemours since Christmas Eve 2014 when we were told Aaliyah Mitchell's cancer had spread and she was sent home on Hospice care. Javonte' will have an ultrasound done on September 1st to look at an "area of concern." While I will continue to remain positive and optimistic, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared. Please continue to keep JJ and Jayden in your prayers 💛
Lets share and get this wonderful lady the recognition she deserves. #SeniorsMatter
This lady right here is an employee at a McDonald's in Jacksonville. ETA: I removed her picture. It was definitely the wrong thing to put her picture here unaut...horized. Also removed the exact store. So sorry to this sweet lady.
Twice I witnessed this woman do something so sweet. First, a senior man came in an asked for a small coffee. He already had his $1.07 out ready to pay when she said, "64 cents."
The man was astonished and said, "That's not right! It's usually $1.07!" She shook her head and said, "You want to pay more?? Today it's 64 cents. & next time you go to McDonald's, tell them you want a senior coffee!!"
I wonder how many times that man went to get his coffee and no one thought to give him his discount!!?
I went up to order next and about half way through my order, she said to someone behind me, "Sir, go ahead and sit down. Leave your cart and I will come take your order at your table."
I turned around and another senior man with a walker in his cart was standing there. She excused herself and took the walker out of the man's cart for him and helped him to a table. After she was done with me, she went to his table and took his order just like she said. She was so kind and patient.
I nearly bawled my eyes out at her generosity. Being in the nursing field, of course my first thought was that she would be an excellent nurse for seniors.
I don't know your name but you are awesome and I thought you should know!!
Two and 1/2 years later my Angel Aaliyah Mitchell and my heart is still broken. September is upon us and your "13th" birthday. Anyone willing to help out with this years Aaliyah's Hope annual toy drive please let me know. Looking for local businesses willing to set up a donation box and get the word out. All new, unwrapped toys will be donated to children currently battling Childhood Cancer at Wolfson Children's Hospital. Toys are used as both educational tools and distractions from the extended hospital stays these children often experience during treatment. There were many days Aaliyah and I spent coloring, drawing and playing while she battled for her life....
It's been 28 heartbreaking Wednesday's since you took your very last breath in my arms my gorgeous girl. As of today it's been 7 long months since I heard your... sweet voice, saw that precious smile or held you my Princess Aaliyah Mitchell. Mommy loves you my beautiful Angel and we will NEVER ever forget you! September is rapidly approaching and big things are coming for Aaliyah's Hope Foundation (I will be sharing more soon, Mommy has to get working on a website and many things) In honor of your 11th birthday on 9/11 we, in conjunction with Montclair Elementary School, will be hosting a toy/craft/board game drive to present to the Child Life Specialists at Wolfson Children's Hospital. Child Life Specialists use these items to •Help with coping to reduce nervousness, worry and anxiety •Provide a distraction during procedures •Offer play activities to encourage normal development and fun and many other reasons. The toys will need to be new and boxed due to the fact that many of these children suffer from compromised immune systems
If there is anyone out there willing to help set up donation boxes, make flyers, or that has a local place of business we can set up donation boxes please contact me as soon as possible, any and all help would be greatly appreciated! We would love to see a HUGE response. Our goal is to continue spreading awareness and we are looking forward to many future events. If you are not local and would like to donate we will gladly accept donations. Toys, crafts, or board games can be purchased and mailed to Aaliyah's Hope Foundation, 3400 Red Oak Circle, Orange Park, FL. 32073. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers as well as all the families of children currently battling, lost or surviving the harsh realities of Childhood Cancer. Thank you and God bless Please feel free to share in hopes of raising awareness. This is the harsh reality of Childhood Cancer! Isabella will only know Aaliyah through videos and photos....OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER!
Well baby girl Aaliyah Mitchell we love you even more...all the way to Heaven and back ♡ You'd be so proud of Isabella! She is getting so big...and quite the character! I know you are watching from up above but damn it I wish you were here. I promise you will NEVER be forgotten! She will know just how much you love her and how you counted the days until you got to meet her ♡
#IHateCancer #MommyMissesYouPrincess #TelltheNCIKidsAreWorthMoreThan4 #ProudBigSister
Baby girl Aaliyah Mitchell Mommy continues to miss you. Yet another birthday 🎉 is coming for me, which means yet another without you my beautiful Angel. I conti...nue to struggle with the heartbreaking reality that I am "growing older" and you can not. Cancer robbed you of that opportunity. My birthday used to mean preparing for your upcoming birthday on September 11th. You should be turning 13 Princess, instead your last 3 birthdays have been a celebration of your life. However short it may have been you accomplished more in your 10 years on this Earth than many adults have. I will put on a "smile" tomorrow for you, for your brothers and sisters. I can't promise when night falls that my tears won't fall freely.....
Aaliyah Mitchell my beautiful girl, Mommy has been constantly thinking of you. I miss you sooooo much! I'm having trouble sleeping and just can't seem to conc...entrate on anything. I keep forgetting things and I could really use you here to remind me like you used to Mommy just feels super lost without you. Your sisters and brothers are the reasons I get up every single day. I'd give my life for each of them as I would have given it for you. I have to say this life sucks without you. You were the one that always brought everyone together. I miss watching movies together, cuddling on the couch, catching up on Supernatural and making your late night snacks (I haven't touched a Triscuit since you passed) Cancer sucks! Ugh...I just wish things were different my Princess. I will love you for all eternity...to the moon and back and over and over and over again ♡