Friday, February 24, 2012

BE BRAVE

Never never never never in a million years did I ever think that The Leukaemia Foundations Worlds Greatest Shave would mean anything to me other than a feel good charity event. 

Never ever did I imagine that my daughter, my family or I would ever know, care and love someone with leukaemia. Its what other families have. Not people we know, not people we love. 



But here we are. My baby has leukaemia and she has no hair. And every single day we are reminded of that. There is no hiding when you are bald. It is a red flag that the world sees and screams "I have cancer" "I am sick" "I could die"


It's confronting. It's scary. It's frustrating. It's heartbreaking.

I can't fix her. You can't fix her. The doctors are doing their bloody best to fix her. We are lucky. Maybs is expected to recover and go on to life a happy 'normal' life. Others not so. 

The Leukaemia Foundation do an amazing job. There's a huge amount of information about them on their site. I had always known they were leaders in providing funding for research, information and education but had no idea just what they can do.

Practical help with bills, fuel and food vouchers - unlike centrelink that wont look at individual situations, only numbers...

Transport to and from appointments and treatments - very handy if your too tired to drive to another appointment!

Accommodation - priceless!


And emotional support and counselling - nothing like talking to someone that gets it and is not afraid to talk about the hard stuff.

And the list goes on and on

The Worlds Greatest Shave is 3 weeks away. So this year, support those that are being brave. Like my gorgeous cousin and beautiful friend and her children 13, 11 and 9. All willing to brave the world with no hair to show their love and support for families like us. Anything over $2 is tax deductible. And every dollar counts :)

Please feel free to blog, tweet, facebook or whatever else people do these days to get the message out. The more that know, the more money we can raise and the better support the Leukaemia Foundation can give to families like us xox 



9 comments:

willywagtail said...

Your daughter looks absolutely beautiful. The lack of hair shows off her lovely face. I know when my Mum had cancer that she was able to get help with various travel and stay away expenses and it was so helpful that she could. These terrible sicknesses strike the poor as much as the well to do, only we need more help in physical ways so it is great that it is there. Hugs to all of you. Cherrie

CurlyPops said...

It totally and completely sucks that your family has to deal with this. Thank goodness for amazing charities like the leukemia foundation. I'll be plastering it all over social media!

nlcalendar said...

Please tell your daughter she looks lovely to me. I am married to a bald man and I love the look. Be tough for her and know that another family is praying for your family. ttyl Marilyn

KateS said...

Bianca am so sorry to hear your daughter has leukemia. My husband had cancer at 19 with tumours all through his body and had to spend a year in hospital to fight it - he's 46 this year and going strong :)
I only met you briefly in Darwin (Palmerston)when passing on some sewing magazines but my thoughts are with you and your lovely family xx

flowerpress said...

Hi Bianca,
My three kids decided six months ago to do World's Greatest Shave this year, my daughter dyed her hair last year (her best friend shaved her waist length hair!) and she's doing it again this year.
My eleven year old twin boys have formed a team of six at school and one is shaving and the other dying their hair. I hope you don't mind but I told them about Maybelle's battle and showed them the photo you posted on instagram of her with the beads so they could understand more what they're supporting.
The local paper is coming out to interview them tomorrow and they've raised over $500 so far :-)
Tell Maybelle we think she's amazing. Susie x

Amanda said...

My life has been crazy busy with the hubs deployed again but I you and your sweetie are on my mind and in my prayers often. (((hugs))) to you..

Kate said...

big love to you and your gang B.
it just sucks.
hope to see you this week. xx

Hidden Idol said...

I am not sorry to listen about your daughter because if she don`t have hairs so what we should always thank to God that he gave us beautiful life,you and your daughter should not care about people because we should change our weak point to strong point.

Leah said...

Hey Bianca, pop over to read your blog and your daughters news blew me away I can only imagine how it must be for you! My thoughts and prays are with you and your family, stay strong and look after your self too!