Tumor in the Femur

Because it's fun to say and we need to say fun things.


Irene Veldstra

CCA, or Children’s Cancer Association, is a fabulous non-profit that helps kids with cancer and in recovery a little more pleasant by having activities both in and outside of the hospital. A new program this summer for teens and young adults, doing outdoor activities, having other teens who are going through the same things and being able to talk to peers about their struggles while doing fun things. Atticus wasn’t able to participate in a few activities because hospital stays or sickness conflicted with scheduling. He did, however, participate in the photography one when he was recovering from surgery. Check out the video - he’s not usually a chatty one, but they used his photos in the video too!

I loved hearing the kids talk about how people say “you are so strong!” but really, do they have a choice? I have frequently found that as well when people have told me I am so strong to be by Atticus’ side throughout this ordeal. But do I have a choice? I mean, as they point out, we do. But it’s still really, really hard to be strong. Yes, it’s a choice, and I have taken and accepted this choice freely, because the alternative seems incomprehensible.

They sent us Atticus’ photos from that day, and here are a few of my favourites, but it was so hard to choose!

Which one do you like best?