A frog in my belly – Een fragment uit ‘Een kikker in mijn buik’. The true story of a child with cancer
Valerie was seven years old when she was diagnosed with kidney cancer (Wilms’ tumors). Immediately she was hospitalized where one of her kidneys was removed and she was given radiation-treatment. For ten months she received chemotherapy.
In “A frog in my belly” we read what young Valerie experiences as a child with cancer. Through the eyes of a child we see the unbearable task of her mother to cut the remaining hair of her almost bald head. We witness the powerlessness of her father and the countless, painful injections in her hand. How Valerie literally is fighting against the chemo-pricks because she does not understand that it will make her better. Her worn caps and the bullies on school. But the book also provides insight in the years thereafter, the fear of the cancer returning, the possible unknown after-effects of chemo and radiation, the psychological impact that Valerie’s experiences during her puberty. “A frog in my belly” is the gripping, surprisingly humorous and always hopeful story of a child with cancer.
100% of the revenues to children with cancer
To support children with cancer, the author Valerie Strategier, donates all of her royalties from the sale of the book to the Dutch Children Foundation Cancer free (Kiki) and the Association “Parents, Children and Cancer” (VOKK). KiKa does donations for research for improved treatment and cure of cancer in the future. The Association “Parents, Children and Cancer” uses their donations to provide guidance and support to families who have a child with cancer. About her 100% donation Valerie Strategier says: “I myself have earned enough, because I’m still alive. But still almost 550 children in the Netherlands are diagnosed with cancer annually. With this book, I hope that their voices are heard and that people will understand them. I want to raise as much money I can for children with cancer.”
“A frog in my belly – The story of a child with cancer” by Valerie Strategier will be published in Dutch in November 2010 by Uitgeverij L.J. Veen.
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