A year and a half ago, my son, Tenzin, was diagnosed with leukemia. I’ve been living a parent’s worst nightmare for a year and a half.
People try to sympathize with what it feels like to worry for your child’s life. Most of them have no idea what happens financially, though.
To care for Tenzin, I had to take a leave of absence from my job. When you don’t know where the money is coming from, you have to find a way to pay for things. We were in and out of the hospital so many times. Tenzin was a picky eater before this started, and that got worse with the chemo. He didn’t like hospital food, so we ordered out a lot.
Help came from the Pinky Swear Foundation when I needed it most. The biggest piece as a mom going through this is knowing that there is somebody who understands the most basic things; knowing that people recognize that this is hard. Families must know that because this journey is very isolating.
Your support provides that understanding, that recognition, that help with basic needs, that a family is desperate to receive.
I know what a difference you make. I have felt it myself.