Three months after the birth of my daughter, Penelope James, I found a lump in my left breast and it was cancer.
Mama is a cancer-fighting superhero. A superhero is brave. All day long she kicks cancer’s butt.
Cancer Hates Kisses flips the traditional cancer script. It is not a sad story; it is an empowering one. It is a story that recognizes that it takes superhero strength to kick cancer’s butt and be a parent. It is a story that celebrates how children, with their smiles, laughter, joy, hugs, kisses, and love are the best possible medicine. Indeed my own daughter gave me the courage to wake up each day and fight cancer with every ounce of my being. Cancer Hates Kisses demystifies cancer for children, using simple language to discuss really complicated subjects like surgery, chemotherapy, hair loss, and radiation. It prepares children for what will likely come with a cancer diagnosis, be it any type of cancer, but also provides them with simple strategies to support their loved one. For example, there will be scars after surgery, but these scars are warrior wounds. Kiss these warrior wounds because cancer hates kisses!
Mama has scars after her surgery. “These are warrior wounds,” she says. We kiss Mama’s warrior wounds. Cancer hates kisses.