Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I get unwanted advice as the parent of a child who has cancer, too. Well-meaning people tell me how to better treat Emma's cancer; all-natural diets, cut out dairy, think positive (that one is particularly amusing), get more exercise. The list goes on.
I haven't ever (okay, not often anyway) gotten upset over the unwanted advice. I usually just smile and nod, saying something like "that does sound like good advice", because really, when is 'get more exercise' not good advice?
So today's life lesson is to laugh off well-meaning but annoying people. That wasn't a very nice thing to say, was it? However, I figured this was something that everyone goes through; we don't have to get angry or bitter at those people who are trying (albeit unsuccessfully) to help us with our lives. They do mean well. So laugh it off with me, and maybe, just maybe, give some thought to what they say. You never know...they might have a point.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Today I dislike these commercials because I don’t like being on the receiving end of those “gifts” that St. Jude is asking for. I would much rather be the one doing the giving. Have you heard the Bible verse, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”? Well, I can attest that it is true. And yet, how can I not be thankful for the gifts? The people supporting St. Jude saved my daughter’s life.
So all of that is a round-about way of saying I’m thankful for St. Jude, even their tear jerking commercials, and especially their wonderful, fabulous, kind-hearted, caring, loving donors. If you have ever donated to St. Jude, I am personally telling you thank you today.
4. The rest of my family!
5. Pumpkin Pie. Yum.
6. Books. I could crawl up in a hole and read for the rest of forever.
This post turned out much longer than I intended! Thanks for reading, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. The family I mentioned above is still fighting a raging battle. Please visit their website, and pray for them www.prayfornoah.com
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Shortly after this I was taking a class for work on germs/illnesses/cleanliness. A statement was made that statistics showed that children who attended daycare had a much better chance at never getting cancer because they had built up such a strong immune system.
Whew! I felt this huge relief! After the pain my husband's family was going through, here was this tiny sliver of assurance that this wouldn't happen to me, because I worked at a daycare, and my daughter had come with me everyday since she was 9 weeks old.
Statistics? I laugh in the face of statistics! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Okay, as sad as that all is, the experience taught me a vital lesson. You can't put your hope and trust in anything or anyone other than God. Psalm 121:1&2 says "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."
So what are you putting your hope in? Do you take peace from reassuring statistics? Do you hold on tight and hope things go your way?
I've learned that even in the face of pediatric cancer things can go well. Do I like cancer? No. Would I give it back in a heartbeat? You betcha! But I have felt God's hand on us so often, and I have a peace now that I never knew before--a peace that tells me everything will be okay, no matter what happens.
I wish for you all to find that peace (though maybe not in the same way I found mine!). And in case it isn't clear, I mean a peace in God.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
WHO: Ronald McDonald House
MISSION: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:
- Focusing on the critical needs of children.
- Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
- Staying true to our heritage of more than 36 years of responsible stewardship.
- Operating with accountability and transparency.
THEIR STORY: The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans, Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia), Leonard Tose, owner of the Eagles, Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s regional manager.
The McDonald’s owner/operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.
HOW TO DONATE: You can always drop a few bucks (or coins, it all helps) into the little boxes at McDonalds. You can also donate by visiting here. But it gets better than that! Each individual House has their own website, so if you want to donate to a specific location you can do that, too! Our favorite is, of course, the RMH of Memphis, but you can search the home website for your local chapter. There are other ways to help as well. You can collect pop can tabs, which they will recycle and the proceeds go to RMHC. You can also volunteer at one of the houses, or donate supplies (each house has a "wish list").
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Watching the video and reading her story made me cry. I really can't help it. The day of the interview we spent the morning at the Memphis Zoo with the camera crew. It was such fun!
I am so proud to be a part of the St. Jude family, and as I say in the video I don't believe Emma would be alive today if she had been sent to another hospital. NO ONE else would have been able to get her diagnosed and on chemo in less than 24 hours, which was vital to her survival. It is because of my thankfulness to St. Jude that I was thrilled to help their cause in participating in the patient of the month interview.
Because of the huge debt of gratitude that our family owes St. Jude, I am proud to support them in other ways as well. That is why we are participating in the national Give Thanks. Walk. This walk will be held across the nation on November 19th. We are taking donations to support our walk this year, and I hope you will donate to this very worthy cause. You can see our fundraising page at http://www.mygivethankswalk.org/emmaclark
I am so proud of my little girl, and I can't help but ramble a little today about it. Thanks for bumbling along with me!