One year ago today I wrote my first post in the rain

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It's been a crazy year, I've learned quite a bit.  Not just about writing blogs but from many of the great posts I read here in "the rain." I've picked up about 70 followers and joined a few groups.  I've been to a meetup and have had other conversations/meetings with many people I've met throught ActiveRain My very first blog post is just as relevant now as it was exactly one year ago today when I wrote it.  Here it is:

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

When we think about childhood cancer we see images of smiling bald kids going through their treatment and coming out of it ok.  This is what every pediatric cancer charity puts on their marketing material. Those kids are amazing fighters and should be honored.  However, I think this does a disservice to them because it doesn't allow the general public to see pediatric cancer for the evil monster it really is.  The fact is that 1 out of every 5 kids diagnosed with cancer does not live past the five year benchmark.  I'm not even sure what the number is for 5-10 years, 10-20 and so on. What I do know is my eight year old daughter, Abigail was one of the 20% that doesn't make it to year five.  In fact she didn't make it to one year after diagnosis. Had she not lost her battle it might have been tempting to join the masses in letting her happy bald kid image be used in literature geared towards raising funds.  Had that been the case I would have been guilty of misleading you.  What you wouldn't have seen in that image is that 11 days after she started chemo she was on a ventilator and in septic shock.  A nasty infection cost her 1/3 of her colon, one month in ICU in a medically induced coma and a 19 x 5 inch wound on her belly that couldn't be sewn up until after chemo.  In fact at the time of her death that wound had shrunk a little bit but was still prevelant on her.  She had an ostomy bag which leaked almost daily.  She had several surgeries and spinal taps.  There was the constant vomitting.  During her final visit to the hospital, which came when she was in remission, her heart gave out.  She spent 10 days on a maching called ECMO which acted as her heart and lungs.  Whenver the sedatives wore off she woke up with a feeling that she was drowning and her mouth was bleeding constantly.  I know of plenty of kids that survived their treatments that endured a similar hell to the one my sweet, beautiful little girl did.  Unfortunately mine didn't, her heart gave out.  It took five months to get the autopsy, the doctors were at a complete loss as to what caused it.  They treated her for viral infections, fungal infections, etc.  So for five months my wife and I wondered if we shouldn't have let her go to her cousin's birthday or taken her to the mall.  As it turns out the chemo was too hard on her heart. Currently only 4% of federal cancer research funding is dedicated to pediatrics.  This is the reason that if you choose to follow me you will see me beating the drum for more research funding and safer treatment options for kids. Not only safer treatment options but research for cause and preventions. My daughter was a fighter and through her treatment her only complaint was that she, "wish Leukemeia never existed!" I really want to make her wish come true.


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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Mike -  such heart breaking situation for for Abigail and all of you. It's hard to to imagine what you've all endured. I'm sure Abigail smiles at you from heaven and is with you every day. I am so glad you joined AR and that I've had the pleasure of getting to know what a fine, caring and kind-hearted man you truly are. Bless you!

Sep 23, 2015 02:05 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Mike Tizzano congrats on completing one year in 'Rain.

Some losses can never be compensated! Never!

Sep 23, 2015 02:34 PM #2
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Mike - Every post I read of yours is so poignant. I really respect you, and I hope you keep fighting the good fight.

Sep 23, 2015 03:53 PM #3
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Congratulations on still posting after a year!

This post was just as heart wrenching reading it this time as it was a year ago. Cancer is horrible for all, especially children and their families.

Sep 23, 2015 10:35 PM #4
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Happy Active Rain anniversary Mike! You are a great asset to your industry and to this platform! 

Sep 24, 2015 09:39 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I did not read that post last year, but I'm glad I found and followed you in the time since.  I pray her wish will come true also.

Sep 24, 2015 02:02 PM #6
Mike Tizzano
Amerifirst Financial, Inc Equal Housing Oppurtinity Lender AZ BK0013635 NMLS 145368 LO:1015837 - Mesa, AZ
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Anna Banana Kruchten Thank you for the kind words.  I learned a lot from that little girl :)

Praful Thank You

Troy Erickson When I first signed on they said blog about anything so I couldn't think of anything more important to me.  I appreciate your comment and enjoy your input

Kat Palmiotti For sure, it's horrible for anyone to go through.  I just lost a friend and former co-worker to cancer last week.  She was 41

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert As are you, I'm glad we got to meet up in person.  I just have to get more buyers/homeowners to figure that out :)

Tammy Lankford I won't stop trying to make her wish happen until it does come true or until my time is up.  That I can promise

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