Posted by: Kim | October 23, 2007

Cancer and Hurricanes

Here is part of the conversation I had with Grace last night after she finally calmed down enough to talk…

Grace:  Mom, is your boobies still sore?

Me:  No sweetie…they are fine.

Grace:  Well, can I see where you got the shots in them?  I’m a curious girl you know.

Me:  Sure baby.

Grace:  So, since you are sore anymore why do you have to have surgery?

Me:  Well, remember when we talked about what cancer is?

Grace:  Uhhh…no.

Me:  Well, it’s something inside your body that CAN make you really sick if you don’t do something about it. 

Grace:  Are you sick now?

Me:  No…I feel fine but that is why I am having surgery…to get all the bad stuff out that COULD make me sick.  You don’t want me to leave it in there do you?

(Brace yourself…here is where the conversation goes out the window)

Grace:  No mom…it’s like hurricanes and people who live in Florida and when a hurricane comes and they can’t get to a doctor fast enough and the wind comes and swoooosh.

Me:  Hurricanes?

Grace:  Yep.

Someone figure that one out for me because I have no idea what that child was talking about.  Last night was rough.  Grace came home from b-ball practice sobbing because she was scared for me.  Thankfully she did finally calm down and fell asleep going on 10.  Here stomach was still upset this morning but we had a talk last night about being a big girl and going to school even if her stomach was hurting.  AND…praise God…He gave her a distraction this morning.  Her other front tooth finally fell out (she refused to pull it) after hanging on by a thread for several days.  She was excited to get to school and show her friends.  Thank you Lord!!!

As for me…well, I have been up since 3 am.  The whole sleeping thing just isn’t going to happen for me.  I have lots of errands to run today so at least I will stay busy.  As Grace said last night, “I just want it all to be OVER.”

Blessings – K



  1. Out of the mouths of babes. I’m not exactly sure what she meant either, but if it made her little mind feel better, then cancer can be like a hurricane. Actually, she could be on to something. Hurricanes do cause stormy times, but when they are over, the sun comes out and everything is beautiful again. Very shortly now, the storm will be over and the sun will be coming back out in your life. I pray for peace for you!

  2. Good job, Carin!

    Glad God provided a distraction today! You are doing a great job, Mom!

  3. I’m so sorry you are all having to deal with such a tremendously, life altering time. It is hard enough for adults to grasp the cancer verbage and involvement.

    The hurricane imagery seems very fitting. Overwhelming, hard hitting, the hurried need to take care of things, the unknown. Seems your daughter has a great visual depth to her emotions.

    Does your library or doctor have any good child level book describing cancer and the surgery/treatments you are choosing to use for your cancer? Sometimes a little information can go a long way in providing peace of heart and mind.

    I have not read the following books but perhaps they will give you some direction…

  4. Casting Crowns sings the song “Praise You in the Storm”

    Father God whispers throught the rain…”I am with you…”

    He holds your tears in his hand, he will never leave your side…Praise Him in the Storm (hurricane)!!!

    Our help comes from the Lord…let’s lift our eyes and our hands up to to Lord.

    We are praying for God’s mercy to fall upon you and your family.

  5. Still praying…it is like a hurricane because it is coming full strength — but like Carin said – it will be over soon. Love you!

  6. Just found you from Maggie’s site–prayin for ya!!

  7. Kim, Grace is so intuitive. Cancer is just like a hurricane. It sweeps in when you least expect it and the force takes your breath away. Just like in a hurricane you can’t wait to get help but don’t know where to turn.

    So thankful that your surgery went well. God is good, all the time!

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