“Marching to the end, we’re marching to begin”— the lyrics to a song we have played on repeat for the past few months leading up to the END of a two and half year cancer fight. This new beginning that awaits us. A life that our daughters and son don’t even remember because they were too young to know a life without cancer, weekly clinic visits, isolation, and timers set to take medications EVERY DAY. Marching to begin this new phase of life— of us—- cancer free and with BIG kids now as the little years have seemed to have slipped through our hands…..Read More
I am a recovering people pleaser. I say “recovering” because this whole cancer journey of ours has taught me that being a people pleaser isn’t who I want to be and most certainly NOT who I can be. As a parent, my daughter’s battle is my own battle too……Read More
I find myself on the EVE of our 2 year anniversary of Emmy’s Diagnosis day reflecting on what this journey has been like for each of us. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on it before and shared much of it during a fundraiser speech I gave a few months back. Tonight as I re-read it again and spent more time processing through it, I realized that, well, the words were mostly all there. So, here is what the past two years have been like and where we find ourselves today……..Read More
With a new diagnosis comes uncharted territory for all that lie ahead on the cancer journey…Read More
There comes a time in everyone’s life where an event makes them realize that they are at the end of themselves and have lost any resemblance of control that they thought they may have had over their life. For some, this happens early on in life. For others, they spend most of their lives believing they have control over it and then all of the sudden, the carpet gets ripped right out from under them…Read More
Our isolation journey may be a little bit more severe then some walking the cancer journey, but you see when you have three 2 year olds and a 4 year old it was so HARD to keep them from touching everything and putting their hands in their mouth, so isolation quickly became our reality…Read More
Once a family hears that their child has a life threatening diagnosis, everything in their world feels like it is spinning out of control. Try to imagine that you suddenly find yourself struggling to figure out how you will manage everything including your normal daily tasks which used to matter more than anything else and abruptly don't matter at all because ALL you care about or have the mental capacity for is making sure your child, who has just been diagnosed, stays alive and that your other family members are taken care of as well…..Read More
Its the question I get asked most often.....How did you know Emmy had Leukemia? It's one I am passionate about answering because I believe it is one of the first and most important steps in bringing awareness to the epidemic and the ever increasing rise that is Childhood Cancer.Read More
Hello beautiful people! Welcome to Emmy's Army. We are so glad you found yourself here. Whether you are a prayer warrior and would like to continue to follow along with our family's story, or you know and love someone fighting childhood cancer we hope you find some insight here.
I am Amanda. Jesus lover. Wife to Tigh. Mother to Gray, Addie, Maisy, and Emmy. Dog mom to Stella. I am a teacher. Baker. Want to be photographer. On Novermber 16, 2016 I earned the title "Momcologist" when I was abruptly thrown into the childhood cancer world. It was a job I never knew existed and one I wish I didn't have to have, and although my heart and soul have been reset by cancer of loved ones before, it felt different as a mother watching her child. This new job title taught me about what it means to suffer and how to draw closer to the nearness of God. It is also a title filled with some of the strongest women, and moms I know and I hope you get to hear from lots of them in the weeks, months, and years to come as they too get to share their stories.
September is childhood cancer awareness month and we have a lot to SAY! So stay tuned.....exciting things are coming as we long to serve all those little warriors and families in the FIGHT!