Childhood Cancer is a Lottery

My child lost the lottery. If yours didn’t, you got lucky.

Ana at around 7 or 8 — Photo by Author

In the 1950s, a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence for a child. Today, it’s a life sentence. It often involves months — or years — of painful treatment. There is no easy way to rid a child of cancer. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy — all of it is hard, some of it is lethal, and most of it leaves scars.