September is over and fall is in full swing. The air is already getting crisp and the leaves are crunching under our feet. I think for those reasons, I love October the most. September makes me sad anymore, with it being Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Huffington Post featured my This is Childhood Cancer post, and some of the comments were brutal.
Yes, Blogger Friends, I know: Never read the comments! But, we all can't help it. People said I am angry and bitter and not handling it well (first two are true; the third is some days more than others), but my favorite was that I am trying to make parents of healthy children feel guilty. Sigh. Yes, we bloggers talk about how people read into our posts what they want to read and make it all about them.
I guess my thought is that people who know me, know that's not me. They know I am holding my own and taking care of my family (my four other healthy sons) and squeeing along with them at their children's cute pictures and accomplishments. So, I shouldn't let it bother me. My intention was to bring light to the subject. To shock, anger, and sadden people with my words and pictures so that they would feel compelled to donate, volunteer, and spread the word. Cancer - any kind of cancer - does not discriminate. We are all susceptible, and it's a freaking scary thing. And it's even more horrible and cruel when it happens to our Littles. I also wrote a post about donating to pediatric cancer charities that, to my disappointment, was largely ignored. So, yeah, maybe I am bitter. Cancer sucks. Losing a child sucks. The fact that pediatric cancer is hugely underfunded sucks. The end.
Anyway, moving on, I shared:
I was lucky enough to stop at a couple of wonderful blogs:
- I shared a bit more of Joey's story for Mary Tyler Mom's September series.
- I shared my biggest fear in six words for Coach Daddy's six words series.
Here are some things I shared that blew up my Facebook page:
- A Target Intervention on Behalf of My Daughters by Binkies and Briefcases.
- About that Mom Who's Not Bragging about Her Kid on the Washington Post.
- I Just Need Some Space, another hilarious mom parody by Deva of my life suckers.
And, I reviewed two fabulous books by two fabulous bloggers:
- People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann, a hilarious look at the politics of suburban moms.
- Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson, a moving story about grief and healing.
I am giving away both books. But that's not all. I am also going to give away copies of I Just Want to Be Alone, another hilarious anthology created by Jen Mann (and featuring me), and Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, an anthology for grieving mothers created by Alexa Bigwarfe (and also featuring me). So you'll have one set of funny books to keep or give away, and one set of healing, helping books to keep or give away. Laughter and tears - it's what makes the world go 'round. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. You have until Wednesday the 8th at 12:00 a.m. Central time. Open only to residents of the US 18 years and older. Good luck!