Posts in category "Donna's Cancer Story"

Today is Donna Day! Remembering a 4-yr-old bright light.

Today is Donna Day! I think about Donna all the time.  Perhaps it is because I am on the third round of raising a four-year-old girl, and Donna was a four-year-old girl when she died of a rare brain tumor called a papillary meningioma. I think about my now four-year-old, Cleo, and it is incomprehensible... Read more »

Donna Day: Kids Get Cancer Too. Don't Look Away.

Donna Day: Kids Get Cancer Too. Don't Look Away.
Today at nursery school pick-up, my three-year-old handed me a collection of drawings and paintings.  Next to me, another parent chuckled and said quietly, “Each week, I have to surreptitiously move most of these art projects into recycling, or else my house would be overrun.” I, too, have to make weekly decisions about how to... Read more »

How Much Stage Makeup Should Little Girls Wear?

This week, my 6-yr-old daughter skated in her first ice exhibition.  Usually, she insists on doing her own hair and picking her own clothes, so it was a major victory when she agreed to let me comb down her spiky bangs (the result of giving herself a unique haircut two months ago) and smooth her... Read more »
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Donna Day: Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Research in Memory of a Lovely Girl

Donna Day: Raising Money for Pediatric Cancer Research in Memory of a Lovely Girl
I have a really wonderful friend named Sheila Quirke.  Every time I hang out with Sheila, we laugh and have a good time; we talk and share stories; we trade blogging tips and strategies.  And every time I hang out with Sheila, we grieve.  We speak of her absent daughter, Donna — a brilliant sprite... Read more »

Donna's Cancer Story, A Year After The World Met This Amazing Girl

Donna's Cancer Story, A Year After The World Met This Amazing Girl
It has been a year since I first sat in a diner with Sheila Quirke.  The purpose of that initial lunch was an interview.  Sheila was in the midst of writing Donna’s Cancer Story for her blog, Mary Tyler Mom, and I was so taken with the story that I contacted Sheila and asked her... Read more »

Donna's Good Things Raises $70,000 for St. Baldrick's

Sheila (Mary Tyler Mom) and Carrie (Portrait of an Adoption) outside Candlelite.  Notice the sign!  Two mom bloggers sharing a hug.
So many people have wanted to do something about pediatric cancer ever since reading Donna’s Cancer Story, and we finally got a chance!  On Sunday, March 25th, the Donna’s Good Things team congregated at Candlelite in Chicago to shave heads, raise money, remember Donna and have a good time. Nicole Knepper, of Moms Who Drink... Read more »
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Remembering Donna with Love and Shaved Heads on Valentine's Day

Remembering Donna with Love and Shaved Heads on Valentine's Day
It is Valentine’s Day, a day filled with love, and one of the greatest love stories I read this year was Donna’s Cancer Story. Donna was a bright, spunky little girl who died of a rare brain tumor called papillary meningioma shortly after she turned four years old.  To know her –even if only through... Read more »

Call for submissions for Adoption Stories

Call for submissions for Adoption Stories
November is National Adoption Month, and Portrait of an Adoption plans to honor all parties involved in adoption by featuring guest posts throughout the month. I have already received some heartfelt, honest entries from people who play all different roles in adoption: birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, foster parents, and waiting adoptive parents.  To my delight,... Read more »

The Online Community Grieves as Donna's Cancer Story Comes to Final Chapter

The Online Community Grieves as Donna's Cancer Story Comes to Final Chapter
The posts are going quickly now, and Donna’s remaining days are few.   The final chapter in Donna’s Cancer Story will be told on October 1st.  There is a nameless, hovering sense of dread among those of us reading Donna’s Cancer Story, coupled with a wistful clinging to the moments of joy. Mary Tyler Mom is... Read more »
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Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts

Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts
In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Tyler Mom is devoting the month of September to blogging about her daughter Donna’s 31 months of cancer treatment.  The story begins when Donna is diagnosed with a rare, malignant brain tumor called papillary meningioma before she turns two. Some people started reading about Donna and then... Read more »