Nothing can prepare parents for the moment they are told that their child is facing a potentially fatal illness. Shock, sadness, anger, and fear collide with a fierce determination to do whatever it takes to see their son or daughter through to good health.
“My 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago,” the girl’s mother wrote in a letter to Globe Santa. “Since that devastating day, our lives have been turned upside down in every way.”
The little girl continues to battle courageously, her mother wrote, but has faced numerous setbacks, in addition to the painfully aggressive treatment necessary to fight the disease. For two years now, it seems the two have spent far more time in the hospital than in their home on the South Shore.
“My daughter has had many additional health problems caused by all the chemo in her little body,” wrote the girl’s mother.
As if the emotional distress were not heavy enough, the girl’s mother is also facing major medical expenses and is worried that without help, her daughter will not have any presents to open at Christmas.
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