The Heartbreak of Pediatric Cancer: Parents Share their Pictures and Stories

Greta Oberhofer's mother learned to take cancer one day at a time

When facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, it is tempting to project oneself into the future and become overwhelmed by all the difficulties that lie ahead. But the best way to tackle this disease is to take it one day at a time. That’s what young Greta Oberhofer’s mother learned when her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at just three and a half months. It started off with fevers of an unknown origin and Greta’s inability to keep any food down.

Soon after, she received her diagnosis and began the first of several rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. Ultimately, though, it was an experimental immunotherapy that saved Greta’s life, and she is now living in remission! There were days when things felt easier, and days when everything seemed to be going wrong. But Greta and her family made it through in the end, and they did so by taking it one day at a time and making the most of each happy moment.

Photo: Greta Oberhofer