The project originally included 11 children. Naturopathic doctor and writer Kimberly Beauchamp told the children's stories, and photographer Robyn Ivy captured their images. The stories were published on www.makingdipghistory.com.
As interest in this treatment has grown and more children have made the journey to Monterrey to receive it, this page has expanded to include the stories of other fighters, as well as the angels who have helped forge the way towards a cure for DIPG.
Annabelle has DIPG, and she needs a costly, non-covered treatment to save her life.
The treatments she's getting in Monterrey are working, but she cannot stop receiving them now. Her parents have exhausted their personal funds and are turning to the kindness of strangers to help them save their precious daughter.
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HOW TO RESPOND TO A NEWLY DIAGNOSED CANCER MUM
Most cancer mum's loose many of their friends and family members in the early weeks of their kids diagnosis. The primary reason being most people don't know how to respond, so here's some tips:
1. Don't tell her you're sorry, its not your fault and she can't do shit with "I'm sorry", just put your arms around her and tell her " I'm here".
2. She's processing her child having cancer and adapting to living in a hospital so in those early weeks expect her to be an emotional wreck jumping from despair to rage in a flash. Don't take offense to anything she says or does and if you're there let her take a break if she needs it, offer to sit with the kid while she goes for a coffee or smoke or whatever. She has to be stronger around her kid than anybody should have to be so its the only time she gets to break down.
3. Make the effort to visit her while in hospital, its the loneliest place in the world at what is the hardest time in her life so far. You have no idea how much it means to have someone you know around even if its just briefly.
4. If your children are friends with her child bring them to visit, they need them more than ever now.
5. Don't make assumptions about what she needs or wants, ask her. Its lovely you want to give her a bath set but trust me she's not pampering herself right now. She's probably not been home since diagnosis and the nicest thing you could probably do is offer to take her keys and bring in anything she wants from home.
6. Don't ask her questions about her kid's cancer, she's still processing it and not ready to answer questions about it. You have google, go google it.
7. Don't bring up religion just now, even if the mum is religious. As a general rule don't bring it up to any cancer mum at any stage unless they do it first. And if they do you have to respect and not criticize what they say whether you agree with it or not. They believe God is gonna heal their terminal child- no argument. They believe God is an evil cunt- no argument. The cancer mum and her child matter more than any ideology.
8. Don't tell her she needs to take care of herself, as well intentioned as it is it's just gonna feel like criticism. She is gonna fall apart in the next few weeks, its natural. Expect her to get skinny because she can't face eating right now. Expect her to look and smell bad because she can't face showering and doing her hair and make up every day right now. Expect it and just support her, don't try to fix her she can't be fixed and needs support right now more than you'll ever know.
9. She needs distraction right now as much as consolidation. Talk about other things than just her kids cancer. Try to laugh with her as well as cry with her.
10. There isn't a right thing to say, there isn't anything that you can say to make it better. You just need to be there to talk to and listen to her. Even saying the wrong thing hurts her a million times less than staying silent and disappearing from her life.
Now you can't use that excuse anymore, if your friends or family members experience the hell of their kids getting cancer be there for them the way you would want and need them to be there for you and your child.