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Make It A Splendid Week – “A Handsome Heart”

 

A Handsome Heart

"A Survivor's Heart" by Alice Hoffman

“A Survivor’s Heart” by Alice Hoffman

Kaleb was diagnosed a month after his 4th birthday. He’d been complaining of leg pain and having fevers. When we found out, my life stopped. I felt lost and alone, even though I had support. We were in the hospital for two weeks and there was so much to think about… Kaleb and what was going to happen, the pain that they couldn’t control, my job, the bills that were going to start coming in. It kept me up day and night. I couldn’t sleep. I wanted to cave but I couldn’t. I had to be strong from the beginning. With the help of the doctors and social workers, I just started moving forward. I have a friend who has cancer and she stepped in to give me some pointers about the financial part. Family and oter parents here helped me too. I had to take everything moment by moment. I stressed prayer and never stopped. It’s been 9 months and we’re getting back into somewhat of a normal life. We were informed December 16th (I’ll never forget the date) that Kaleb is in remission. But we will continue our journey of treatment to make sure it doesn’t return. Through all of this Kaleb has been a strong little boy, way stronger than his mama. His level of understanding has been beyond his years. It wasn’t until the day before yesterday that he expressed some sort of sadness. It was about his hair loss and how he didn’t feel handsome. But, I know he’ll come around and hopefully learn that what makes him handsome is his heart.

By Winderlyon (Mom of Kaleb, age 4)

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Untitled”

A camper and counselor partner dancing at Camp Periwinkle!

A camper and counselor partner dancing at Camp Periwinkle!

 

Untitled

Today is a brand new day

Today is a start of something new

Today is a good day, if you make it one

Today is a blessing from God

Today is my life

Today is my chance to learn

Today is the day after yesterday

Today is the day before tomorrow

Today is not like every day

Today is your life

Today is your chance to learn

Today is reality

Today is your chance to prove

Today is a day to reach your goal

Today is your choice

Today is December 19, 2007

Today is a day that will never come again

So make a difference.

 

By Kristan, age 16

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Making It A Splendid Week – “How I’m Getting Through This”

 

How I’m Getting Through This

A happy camper doing the zipline at Camp Periwinkle!

A happy camper doing the zipline at Camp Periwinkle!

My mom has been my rock through my diagnosis. She has stayed strong throughout everything. When I first found out, I had gone to get an MRI and then to an endocrinologist, and when I woke up from whatever they’d done, they said I want you to see your regular doctor. The doctor said that I had a tumor in my liver. It didn’t seem real at first; it was hard to process. In my mind I thought only old people got cancer. My mom cried for a few minutes and then she was stable. She’s been there for me ever since. I know it’s been a shock to her and to our family because we’ve never had to deal with something like this. My sister is younger than me, but she’s been really supportive too. Lately, I’ve been getting lots of attention. The time and energy of the family has been focused on my healing, but she hasn’t gotten annoyed. In fact she comes and visits me in the hospital and she hasn’t treated me any differently. I think it’s hard probably for her to see me go through this, but she always is calm. Only about 25 people in the United States get my kind of cancer each year. I take it one day at a time. It’s made me focus on setting different kinds of goals. I used to think I’ll go to college and do this and this and this. Now, I was to make sure to choose to do things I really enjoy. I know how important it is to really live life and not just go through the motions. by Lizzie, age 18

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Leukemia vs. Chemo”


Leukemia vs. Chemo

"Before and After" by Sofia Echegollen

“Before and After” by Sofia Echegollen

There was a huge battle between Leukemia and Chemo. I’m Queen Melissa, and I send Chemo soldiers to war. My first set of soldiers are getting whipped, and so I call backup, “Backup, Mayday!”

Chemo came in, the bigger and stronger soldiers, and starts winning. Leukemia wants to take over my kingdom, but I won’t let them. I’m Queen of the Kingdom Bodyjewel. I call upon my white knights to come. As I wait, I stare at the shapes in the clouds. My betrothed is coming to help get me through the battle between Leukemia and Chemo.

Chemo wins a gazillion to zero. I celebrate by having a big party with fireworks and dancing and lots of cake.

By Melissa, age 14

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “My Family”

 

My Family

Family Camp

A family posing and having fun at Family Camp!

When I was three years old I was adopted. I already had one brother and two sisters. I now have one more brother, Kelby. He just turned 13 in July. We found out that he had a brain tumor and cancer. It has been hard for our family to deal with it, but we believe in him and we know he will get through it. Shaun is my oldest brother, 16, and he just hurt his foot wrestling with his friends. My oldest sister, Kimberley, is 18 and she came home for my birthday in June, and decided that she would stay for the summer. Taylor, my youngest sister, 11, loves animals. She is a very sweet and loveable person. I just don’t always give her as much credit for it as I should. Then there is Mom and Dad. My dad is the head football coach at my school in Westwood and my mom is a counselor. So that is my family.

By Kristen, 14, 2007

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Anacalypsis”

 

Anacalypsis

fifteen

YOLO

Teenagers having a blast at Camp YOLO!

Turning fifteen meant celebration

A big dress, tons of food, and dancing.

fourteen

Turned bad, grief stricken, something never imagined had come.

thirteen

The teenage years are here. Too young to have a clue.

twelve

She comes home, tiny and fragile, cute as can be. She’s days old but already won our hearts.

eleven

New city, new home, new school & friends, unaware what’s to come?

by Crista, age 15

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “If You Love Something, Work Hard At It”

 

If You Love Something, Work Hard At It

"I Fly In My Dreams" by Liliana Sanchez

“I Fly In My Dreams” by Liliana Sanchez

I’ve always loved music. I think I was inspired by my uncle. He used to come by and show me new songs. I started taking piano lessons when I was seven. I like learning new things. You have to practice a lot to get better at music. I usually practice in the afternoon. I also play the violin. It’s more difficult because you have to place the violin just right on your shoulder and press really hard on the strings. My teacher taught me how to play “Allegro” and it’s fast at the beginning, then it is slow, and then it’s fast again. I love music, and I’ve learned that if you love something, you have to work hard at it.

By Denisse, age 11

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “Feelings”

 

Feelings

"Talking With My Hands" by Natalie Fraker

“Talking With My Hands” by Natalie Fraker

Determination lurks in fear.

Courage is strength and soul.

Truth is a flame, put out quickly.

Leap past sorrow and into peace.

Joy is success in disguise.

Hearts prance with the moon.

Power blossoms in bravery.

by Asha, age 9

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “What Cancer is Teaching Me”

 

What Cancer Is Teaching Me

A camper having a blast dancing at Camp Periwinkle!

A camper with an awesome attitude dancing at Camp Periwinkle!

I found out I had cancer on my first day of high school – freshman year. It was an experience that I will never forget. The most hectic and exciting day of my life started out just like any other day. By the end of the night I was in the Emergency Room waiting to know when my surgery would take place. I know that I will look back on this day and laugh about how much I wanted my first day of high school to be perfect. I learned a lot of things that day. First of all, I decided to change my ambition from being an aerospace engineer to becoming an oncologist. Second, and most important, I learned that life can change in the most drastic ways, and it can only take one moment for it to happen. To survive through problems that we are faced with, we have to keep an upbeat attitude even though our heart wants to give up. With a positive mindset, anything is possible, even four rounds or toxic chemicals running through your body can become easier to bear. Another important thing in life that you really do not cherish until you need it is a family’s support, encouragement, and love. Thanks to my parents, my little brother, my relatives, and my teachers who have all helped me cope with chemotherapy I know that I will return to a normal life in no time.

By Madhushree, age 13

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

Make It A Splendid Week – “TODAY”

A camper feeling free on the zipline at Camp Periwinkle!

A camper feeling free on the zipline at Camp Periwinkle!

TODAY

I really didn’t think I’d be in remission this quickly – two months and I’m cured! It’s amazing. I was only 2  cm away from death. I was stage 4D and stage 4E is the final stage. I really though the scans would show something else – I thought I’d be moving in the right direction but not 10% gone. I called my school and my vice-principle didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders – because whenever they tell you that you’re stage 4 you know you have a 30% chance. I was 66% on the way to stage 4E. That really got me down. My odds were low, even though everyone told me that Hodgkin’s was one of the most curable cancers, as it gets moer advanced the numbers go down. I don’t even know what to say or do. I want to go back to school, but not this semester. But I know that Hodgkin’s is not there to stop me anymore. I’m free now. It’s like my own body released me from my own prison. I assume every cancer patient feels like that. Because you feel so trapped. The world doesn’t exist anymore but only one room. You can’t walk in the park, you can’t go anywhere. But now the chains that were holding me to that one small room are gone. I’m free.

Sebastien, age 17

 

“Make It A Splendid Week” is a weekly post featuring a poem from one of our talented young authors in The Splendid Review.  Learn more about The Splendid Review and The Periwinkle Foundation’s Arts & Creative Writing Program or like The Splendid Review on Facebook

To request a printed copy of The Splendid Review email Erin Overhouse at eoverhouse@periwinklefoundation.org

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