How can I be there mentally? How can I help through a tough time?

Nikki - posted on 11/08/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm new here. I joined not only for myself but to get a little help with coping with a horrible situation. My friend who has a 6 year old little girl, Kaitlynn (lives down the road, my 6 yr old knows her) was diagnosed a little over a month ago with a very rare cancer, soft tissue sarcoma on her brain. She's gone through several surgeries for removal of the tumors. The doctors she's seen just don't "sound" too serious about it. The cancer is so rare, that it's been hard locating a doctor who is knowledge enough to help. They go in, remove what they can then send her home. She is also about to lose her mother to cancer. That's all she has is them two. I keep doing research to help keep her spirits high and show her there are other options instead of listening to ONE doctor. Her tumor has grown back aggressively and so they are starting her on chemotherapy. There is doctors in other states that have performed on several sarcoma patience and helped them beat the cancer. This girl is a child and it just breaks my heart. I did find one doctor that I really liked up in NY. We are in TX. But since she can't work since she's in and out of the hospital every few days she can't afford to go travel to find a cure for her baby. I feel bad because I want to help and give her money for gas and stuff. But I've got my own bills and my responsibilities to take care of. If I could I'd give her all the money I had, if I didn't have a kid and lived with my parents that is. I just don't' want to say no and her think I'm not there for her. I also wanted to help in some way like raising money to help Kaitlynn get better treatment. She's too young to have her life taken from her. I feel horrible for her and her mother. She's starting to have memory loss already. Just very upsetting and not sure how to be there. I'm someone who can stop the cancer but I just don't want to see this child go through this. Grrrrh "frustrated". :(

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Why doesn't your friend go to St. Jude? It is a wonderful children's hospital that is especially for children with cancer. They wont turn her away even if she can't pay. She really should look into it.

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Nikki - posted on 11/09/2012

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Thanks, I did let her know. She ended up rushing Kait to the hospital last night due to 3 seizures back to back. Had an MRI done and now waiting on results. Thanks for the advice. Were planning on talking to them and setting up an appointment as soon as Kait get's better.

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