Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In the words of Mimi. . .

Cancer stinks!

I haven't posted in a few days because, well, I just haven't felt like posting. Through blogging, I have found some really amazing people that I want to share about. My heartstrings have been pulled all week because a 13 year old boy, Cody, passed away due to cancer. Most of the blogs I follow are actually CarePages (CP), which are created to allow friends and family follow updates on people who have medical illnesses. All except one of the CPs I follow are kids with cancer; the one that is not is actually a family who just delivered a baby girl, Molly, with CDH. Molly only lived on this earth 19 minutes.

Some would say I am torturing myself by reading these stories and becoming so emotionally involved. BUT, it is an opportunity for me to pray for them, and also realize how truly blessed I am that my children are healthy. Plus, all of the families are an inspiration and wonderful example of strength and faith in the Lord, especially during times of trial. And the Lord knows I need all the examples I can get! :)

So, without further adieu, here are the blogs and CPs if you'd like to visit (which I encourage):

Dawn: Because I Said So- I've been following her blog since July of last year. She is just plain funny and I can so relate to many of her posts. Through her, I was introduced to:

Mimi, Julian's mom (Julian passed away in January from brain cancer at the age of 4). Her CP is JuliansWorld and her blog is Take My Life. . .Already Yours. Through her, I was introduced to:

Haley, a teen girl in her freshman year of college battling cancer. She amazes me with her wit, her charm, and her extraordinary strength and outlook on life. Haley's CP is HaleyWorld. Please visit her!

Also through Mimi, I found Renee Garcia's blog and CP. Now, I feel a strong connection to Renee and we have emailed back and forth a few times. She is from California and actually spent time at the base where TJ and I were stationed. She and her family now live in Tennessee. Her husband is in the Army (currently deployed for 1 year) and her and I are the same age. Like me, they have 4 children and they all begin with the letter 'T'. Just kidding! They all begin with the letter 'K'. Her 3 year old, Kennedy, was born with Down Syndrome and has Leukemia, along with a host of other health issues. Renee is a true blessing and encouragement, and ends each post with what or who she is thankful for. I plan to start doing that as it is a reminder of God's goodness to us all. Go visit Renee's blog, Life With My Special Ks and Kennedy's CP.

I found Cody through Renee and Mimi both, and only recently started following his page. As I mentioned above, he passed away earlier in the week. His funeral is today.

So you see, I sort of feel like my menial complaints are nothing compared to what each of the above families are living. I will take a flooded playroom, broken glasses for the umpteenth time, fighting among siblings, and dinnertime craziness over worrying about how much longer my child will be with me on this earth and experiencing chemo treatments, feeding tubes, and everything else that goes with caring for a child with cancer. All of the families (and so many more, too many more!) need our prayers and support and encouragement. Please stop by and let them know you are thinking of and praying for them. Try to imagine what they face each day. Most of the children are too young to fully understand what is happening to them, and they know medical terms that I myself have never heard of. These parents and families face stress that can't compare to any that we have ever known, and friends and words of encouragement, along with a strong faith in God, are what get them through these difficult days.

I am thankful for the many wonderful people I have "met" through blogging who help me to appreciate my family more.