I'm not having a great couple of days. I have The Cold from Hell and feel like I've been hit by several heavily-loaded semi trucks. To avoid spreading this plague, I can't make any play dates for Milla and me. My sister and Daniel are out of town, and the weather has been in the 40s and rainy, which means we've been stuck in the house all day, and will be stuck tomorrow as well. It is dismal.
This post by Emily is entitled "Perspective," and hoo, boy, did it give me some.
Friends of Emily's have a daughter - coincidentally also named Emily - who is just a little younger than Camilla, and they have just found out that she has cancer. Aggressive cancer, on her brain and spine. She's been through surgery, which went as well as could be expected, but she's got a long road of chemotherapy and possibly more surgery ahead of her, and they don't know what will happen. It's a parent's worst nightmare.
On top of that, the family discovered little Emily's brain tumor while they were on vacation. In order to keep Emily where she is to receive the best possible treatment, they've got to rent an apartment and live fourteen hours from home, on unpaid leave of absence from their work.
It blows my mind to imagine dealing with a seriously ill child. But to have to worry about money - not just medical bills but the basic necessities of life - on top of that? Unthinkable.
Please click through and read Emily's post about her friends and their beautiful little daughter. And please, please, please, if you can possibly afford it, click the Donate button she's set up and give a little to help the
nightmare this family is going through be, at the very least, a slightly less stressful nightmare.
I'm going to be pinching my own pennies so that I can give as much as possible over the coming weeks. Even more importantly, I'll be praying for little Emily and her parents and her doctors. I hope you'll do it too.
And tomorrow when I'm stuck in the house with my blessedly healthy daughter, I'll be remembering how good I've got it. You can bet I will.