National BraveHearts Day #doodlewashaday

April 28th is a day that we need to remember.  National BraveHearts Day.  This day is to honor the bravery of the children and their families who are coping with pediatric cancer.  As well as their caregivers.  No child should ever have to face any illness especially not cancer.   My doodlewash today means a lot to me.  This is my teddy bear, Fitsimmons.  He kept me company while I was sick with cancer.  If I could give every child in hospital a teddy bear I would.  You see Teddy bears are very special.  They keep you company when you are all alone and very sick.  They are the best listeners.  You can tell them anything, even secrets, and they won’t tell another living soul.  They hug you and love you when you need it the most.  Because it is hard to be brave.  Fitsimmons is holding a heart full of love for every Braveheart today.  Please take a moment to remember April 28th and what it means to a sick child.  Thank you.

#doodlewashaday  original art by Susan Feniak

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30 Comments on “National BraveHearts Day #doodlewashaday”

  1. Lovely words and teddy bear Susan :-). Calgary has a really beautiful Children’s Hospital but it still feels so sad that some children have to suffer so much at such a young age, and their parents too. Teddy bears are really good listeners and give excellent hugs. Glad yours shared some love with you when you needed it.

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  2. This is amazing…such a beautiful portrait of an amazing bear, made by an equally amazing woman! 😍 A beautiful post and something we all need to remember. Nobody should have to face cancer. Much love to you my friend. ❤️

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    • Susan Feniak says:

      Thank you my friend. Much appreciated. This post wasn’t meant to be about me. Perhaps I should have just tried to make Fitsimmons my teddy bear less personal. Oh well. As long as we both succeeded in bringing hope to the bravehearts this day. XX

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  3. Beautiful. Your have a brave and beautiful heart.

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  4. Wonderful post and what a sweet illustration too and thanks for sharing, Susan ❤

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  5. Jodi says:

    Beautiful heart you have susan!

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  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    What a touching post, Susan! I love your painting of your friend, Fitsimmons. I’m glad he was there to help you get well. And I agree, no ONE should have to deal with cancer – especially children! 🙂

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  7. I’m so glad you got through your cancer with the help of your sweet bear. And you’re right…no child should have to suffer cancer. Hugs!

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  8. memadtwo says:

    Beautiful post Susan. We do need to stop and remember how fortunate we are, and to send out good thoughts to those in need of hope. (K)

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  9. Sharon Mann says:

    Beautiful Susan, thank you for your post.

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  10. Painting for Joy says:

    What a sweet teddy you have shared Susan. No child should ever have to suffer through cancer. I can’t believe how epidemic it’s become. I agree about giving out teddy bears to every sick child. It would be awesome. I’m a cancer survivor as well. Sending you blessings and hugs! Have a wonderful day! 💕

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  11. ….you have provided inspiration visually and testimonially today, Susan—two weeks ago I purchased and then planted The Never Alone Rosebush https://neveralonefoundation.ca/never-alone-rose/. Your post today reminded me of its importance. Thank you!

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