Unless our lives are somehow touched or drastically changed by it, cancer is not one of the first things we want to talk about; and rather than start in on the facts, pain and devastation often associated with it, chicken noodle soup could be on the comforting side (if there is such a thing) of cancer.
Why would someone say chicken noodle soup is the comforting side to cancer?
Comfort is comfort, and healing is healing. If someone's helping a loved one who is dealing with their own, or a child's battle with cancer - or if someone is helping create a positive space for memories while caring for children who have the disease - as long as the chicken noodle soup isn't heavily laced with sodium, well...
Besides, there are some like Conner Middelmann Whitney, B.Sc., DipION, who say chicken noodle soup is magical.
That’s not to say that chicken noodle soup is a cure for cancer, nor is it a way to minimize childhood cancer. It is or possibly could be a conversation starter and a way to delicately approach the subject.
Talking about chicken noodle soup is also a way of momentarily avoiding statistics like, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. For more statistics, click here. To read about childhood cancers in general, click here.
It's also a way of introducing September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To read the Presidential Proclamation, click here.
To find out what the Mercy Clinic Children's Cancer & Hematology in St. Louis, MO is doing for pediatric cancer patients in its Busch Stadium-themed Cardinals Kids Cancer Center, click here.
For those of us who find it extremely difficult and painful to talk or even think about childhood cancers, there's also that occasional recipe from Palo Alto Medical Foundation.