Wednesday, February 1, 2012

PYHO: When a Child You Know is Ill

I learned last week that the daughter of a friend of mine, not one of my inner circle, but a friend nonetheless, is very sick.

She is 7...SEVEN. Just 6 months younger than The Girl.

My heart is breaking for my friend.  

Sure, you hear about people with sick children and you feel bad, hile at the same time, you feel blessed that it is them, not you.  You know you would be scared and devastated if it were your child, but it doesn't really TOUCH you.  

This is a little girl I know.  She is spunky and funny and fabulous.

She is ill. Ill in a way that makes her mother, one of the most down-to-earth, rational people I know, unable to type the word ~which is why I haven't, it is for her mother to say first~ so instead she types the details of the surgery and in this manner, we are able to deduce the diagnosis.

This TOUCHES me.

This makes it so real. Because while I don't for one second, mean to imply that I am feeling even a fraction of what her parents are,  this is no longer, "I'm glad it's not my child," ...even though  I am...glad it's not my child... in a way it is...because I know her... it is real.

Luckily, prognosis is good. She was diagnosed on Monday, admitted to the Big Research Hospital on Thursday and had a port put in, bone marrow extracted and her first dose of medicine administered on Friday.  Prognosis is good, but she and her family have a very long haul ahead of them.

My heart brakes for them and yet I am so eternally grateful that it is not my child who is ill.  

Please pray for Sweet E.


13 comments:

Heather said...

I get this. I know a small child - just two- who is also very sick. It breaks my heart and makes me eternally grateful for what I have.

Sending positive healthy vibes your way

The Blonde Duck said...

That's like when I do articles on women with cancer....I sit here and bitch about two pounds or my hair not being blond enough, and they've got REAL problems

Not a Perfect Mom said...

one of Brooke's friends was just diagnosed with leukemia a week ago...
He's 2...
and yes, the prognosis is good, but this is one of the only things that scares me for Brooke...kids with DS are ten times more likely to get the cancer, but they also are more likely to beat it...
shudder
will pray for your friend and her sweet daughter

The Mommy Therapy said...

So sad! I acutally wrote today about why I feel like all of us should read the sad things and appreciate our lives....not always an easy task.
I'll pray for this little girl. Nothing more scary than thinking about your child being ill.

Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

Sending prayers that God will lay his healing touch on E...

Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] said...

I can't even imagine what they're going through. Sending lots of love and prayers their way! (and your way, too)

Slamdunk said...

Will do. Praying for Sweet E. now.

Tiffany said...

I'm so sorry for your friend and her daughter. It's human nature to think to ourselves "glad it's not me" when a serious illness or anything that is traumatic happens to some one else. What we do next, is where our heart truly lies. Pray for your friend I will join you in praying for her daughter. Be strong for them and be real. As which, I know you already are.
xoxo

Andrea (ace1028) said...

=( I don't know what else to say. I'm sad for them. I will pray that healthy-ness makes the way to her and keeps her strong and safe.

Renegades said...

Sometimes it takes tragedy or sadness hittling close to home to remind us all to be ever so thankful for the small things too.

Shell said...

Sending prayers!

Amy said...

It tugs at my heart when children are ill. I hope the Big Research Hospital takes excellent care of this sweet child.

Babes Mami said...

I hate when kids get very sick, it just doesn't seem right. Sometimes I get these feelings that because Babe is so perfect and precious to me that something will happen to him. I don't like to think about such things but then when someone else has it happen it reminds you that it could have been you.