11 Responses

  1. Christine Adler
    Christine Adler March 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm | | Reply

    What irony there is in becoming so great at something that you never wanted to try your hand at: parenting with cancer. Well said, Jen.

  2. Ann Becker-Schutte
    Ann Becker-Schutte March 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm | | Reply

    Wow. Whether it is cancer or tragedy, so many of us are on the road of life in cars that will never be the same. Thanks for this well-written post.


  3. Nancy's Point
    Nancy's Point March 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm | | Reply

    Great comparison. Cancer is one heck of a detour isn’t it? We “clean up the mess” the best we can and get back on the road of life.

  4. caroline
    caroline March 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm | | Reply

    That would have been nice if I had had support. Cancer at 19 and parents who thought I would be fine.

    1. linda
      linda June 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm | | Reply


      I feel sad reading your post. Cancer sucks, and I hope you are starting to feel better now. As a parent, I can’t imagine what it would be to have a child with cancer. As a wife, I’m just starting the process of dealing with a husband with cancer. I’m not sure I’m doing the right thing – am I too indulgent? Too neglectful? It’s difficult and frustrating to be in a caregiver place and must be awful to be a parent in that situation. In any event, I wish you all the best – for a complete cure with no recurrence and the strength and endurance to continue to be the wonderful person you are.

  5. Mia
    Mia March 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | | Reply

    Very well said. I’m now almost 2 years out from my dx and I still feel like I’m cleaning up the mess and getting back on the road every single day. I wish this website existed 2 years ago… :)

  6. Jody Schoger
    Jody Schoger March 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | | Reply


    Thanks so this – sometimes cancer is a detour. But for many, like me, it took me to a brand new highway.

    Good to be cruising down the road with you,

  7. pamela veal
    pamela veal June 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | | Reply

    i was just diagnosed with hodgkin lymphoma and I have 2 kids.I hope this web site can help me get to where you are today.

  8. Lorrie S.
    Lorrie S. July 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | | Reply

    So very true. I am currently fighting stage III non hodgkins lymphoma diffuse large cell B and I have to say that I was amazed at the lack of information and support out there for mother’s diagnosed with cancer.

    Thank you for creating this website

  9. Kathy H
    Kathy H September 10, 2014 at 11:40 am | | Reply

    I was also diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins, Large Diffuse B Cell Lymphoma in May of this year. Fortunately, my tumor manifested in my breast (accounts for .8% of all Lymphomas) and I felt it quickly. I’m stage 1 and and posting from my hospital bed! I’m receiving what I hope will be my fourth and final treatment. My hospital stays involve 6 days of in-patient treatments. I have 3 precious children at home ages 6, 14, and 19. Although I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, it is comforting to hear the stories of other mothers who’ve been through this. I appreciate your children’s perspective, as well! Thank you!

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