"In a bitter child custody battle, Alaina Giordano's terminal breast cancer has been a strike against her in court. A North Carolina judge denied Giordano primary custody of her two children in part because "the course of her disease is unknown" and "children who have a parent with cancer need more contact with the non-ill parent."
This story, although just recently introduced to me, has completely captured my heart. It actually makes me sick to my stomach to think about such a tragic situation. I have chosen to devote today's blog post to this story, in hopes of getting the word out there to more people who will feel the same. And do what they can, to make a difference.
I, myself, lost my mother to breast cancer 3 short years ago. She will never know her grandchildren. I have a friend who is currently battling the disease, all while trying to play mother and wife, at the same time. I have a dear, childhood friend who passed away from cervical cancer last August, leaving behind 3 young children (the youngest of whom, was 2 years old). My husband's aunt, mother to 5 children, is a breast cancer survivor.
One of my biggest fears in life, is that I won't be around to watch my children grow up. See them go to the prom, graduate high school, go off to college (or not), get married, have their own children. But, if that is the card I am dealt, I hope to spend every last waking moment as their mother. Savoring every memory, every breath they take.
There are several avenues to this story. I am only supplying a few here. Please take the time to read these articles. Social media is a very strong power.
I pray none of us ever finds ourselves in a similar situation.