The tender comfort of a five-year-old girl to her little brother, suffering from cancer
A moving image that captures a tender moment within the ordeal that childhood cancer implies has gone viral for demonstrating that sibling complicity does not have
A moving image that captures a tender moment on Calvary that childhood cancer implies has gone viral for demonstrating that complicity between siblings has no limits. The protagonists are Beckett , 4 years old and suffering from leukemia, and his sister, 5 years old, who comforts him while he suffers, in the bathroom, the side effects of his chemotherapy .
On the Facebook page opened by the boy's family, Beckett Strong, to raise funds and raise awareness, they explain that in April 2018 he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia .
According to the post , the experience has also been difficult for Beckett's sister: "She has seen how a dozen doctors put a mask on her brother's face, how they prick him with needles and pump a dozen medications into his body , all while he is there, helpless. At that time she didn't quite understand what was going on. All she knew was that something was wrong with her brother, her best friend . "
Next, the family narrates that the challenges continued after being discharged and they share why they decided to involve their daughter in this process: "Why do we take your sister with us? Why have you seen all this to at an early age? Children need support and union, they should not distance themselves because they are sick . "
They also say that the reason they published the image was to show that their children " take care of themselves regardless of the situation ." The family also reports that these types of episodes have become part of their routine: "Vomiting between play sessions. Waking up to vomit. Rubbing his brother's back and accompanying him when he is ill. This is childhood cancer ."
The post , which they published on September 3 and has already been shared more than 35,000 times, seeks to start a conversation about how childhood cancer affects not only the diagnosed child but also their siblings: "One thing they don't tell you about Childhood cancer is affecting the whole family. You always hear about financial and medical difficulties, but who tells you about the difficulties faced by the other children in the family ? "
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