pediatric cancer

Let’s go ahead and say it: the holidays can be really, really hard for pediatric cancer patients and their families. It seems that everyone around you is making plans to see their loved ones, perfecting their cornbread recipe, or posting pictures of their children in pilgrim costumes – and what are you doing?

You’re in the hospital while your child goes through cancer treatment. Again.

It just doesn’t seem fair – and your heart doesn’t really feel like bursting with thankfulness. But as Thanksgiving approaches, aTeam wants to remind you that we’ve been there – and there are things you can give thanks for, even if you may not see them so easily right now. Below, we have some suggestions for good things your weary heart can focus on, and some short prayers of thanksgiving for your overwhelmed mind.

#1: Modern Medicine

Can you imagine if your child had cancer and there was nothing you could do about it? Pediatric cancer is horrible – but for the most part, it’s also treatable. While the treatment certainly isn’t fun and recovery can be a long road, the fact that there are treatments at all isn’t something we should overlook.

Lord, thank you for providing doctors, medicines, and hospitals for my child. If we’re going to walk this road, we are thankful that you have given us possibilities for recovery. Amen.

#2: Community

Nobody wants to join the pediatric cancer community, but if that’s where you find yourself, you should know you’re among some of the best company in the world. We met some incredible people while our son was going through treatment, and after starting aTeam, the list of beloved friends just kept growing. This is a tough battle your family is fighting – but you certainly aren’t fighting it alone.

God, thank you for family and friends who support us. Thank you for the new people You have brought into our life that we never would have met otherwise. Amen.

#3: Ministries Like aTeam

Cancer treatment can be a long, tiring, expensive process. We know you’re willing to do whatever it takes to heal your child, but resources dwindle and logistics are hard. That’s why aTeam exists – to offer support to your family emotionally, spiritually, and financially. If you have a need, let us know – we are here to help!

Lord, thank you for ministries that come alongside pediatric cancer patients and their families. Help me to feel their love and support, and help me ask for assistance when I need it. Amen.

Are You Caring for a Pediatric Cancer Patient This Season?

Whether it’s your child or a loved one’s child going through cancer treatment, the journey can seem endless. aTeam is here to help in any way we can, and if you know someone who could use our support, please send them our way. We are ready and willing to serve!