New Mom... New Cancer

Kezia and her daughter Saoirse both battled cancer in 2011. This blog profiles their struggles from Kezia's point of view. Kezia is now in remission, but sadly, Saoirse lost her battle to Neuroblastoma in December.

Kezia is a winner of Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families - 2012

How does blogging help you deal with challenges?

For me, blogging was first a journal for my husband and I to read about how I felt about my cancer diagnosis and treatment. When our daughter was diagnosed, I saw it as an opportunity to let family and friends know how we were doing without having to field a thousand phone calls each day. As I continued, I realized that sharing our story was helping to spread awareness of how horrible Neuroblastoma is, and how cancer really affects a family. I feel like no one was talking about how things really happened, how life was really affected by cancer and treatment. I wanted to share that with the world, along with how a positive attitude can help to make life with cancer more bearable. By being able to journal and blog and get feedback on my posts, it helped me work through the challenges of treatment, and focus on loving my daughter every day.

What's a book or song that has inspired you?

After Saoirse died, I felt like we owed it to her to continue her fight. I was reintroduced to Dr. Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go" and I feel like it has inspired me to push through our challenges and make better treatment and cure a reality for ALL Neuroblastoma patients. We have quite a challenge ahead of us, but we are not your average people, and we will do everything in our power to see that no other parent has to suffer our loss. It is not going to be an easy road, and we will meet a lot of people along the way that will challenge our thinking and ideas, but we are strong enough to push through and to change the way that the world treats childhood cancer, medically and socially.
"You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!"
To see my photographic tribute to "Oh, the Places You'll Go," visit

After a particularly rough day, how do you raise your spirits?

If I really want to get going after a rough day, I usually do something creative. That may seem pretty broad, but there are a lot of creative things I like to to, and it depends on they type of day I've had as to what I will want to do. Sometimes I cook or bake, sometimes I knit, sometimes I sew, sometimes I draw, and other times I work on some photos. Creativity is innately positive, and it gets you thinking outside yourself. This is a great release for a tough day when you feel like you had no control over the outcome.