I recently heard something on the radio that instantly caused tears to pour down my face. Lysa Terkeurst was telling a story about when her baby sister died and what a dark and painful period of time that was for her. I immediately thought of my girls and how devastated one would be if something happened to the other. They are already so close and share a deep unconditional love and friendship. Even though they are still young, they absolutely NEED each other and from this day forward, I have no doubt that they always will. They share a bond that goes beyond sisterhood.
To imagine one passing away and having to walk them through that type of grief while in the midst of my own is unthinkable. The next thing that came to my mind was MY younger sister. I would be forever broken and incomplete if something were to happen to her. Then I thought about how old we are (33 and 27) and where my girls’ health might be when they are our age. The chance of one of them losing their fight with CF while in their 20s or 30s is not small. That sucks to say, but it is true.
I thought of what they might have to face when they are our age and of all the other fun things they should be doing together instead. I thought of the joy of motherhood that might get cut too short for them and the children and husbands they may have to leave behind. And then… I just stopped that negative thinking all together and just prayed even harder for a cure for this horrible and scary disease! I know this is dark, and those of you who know me, know that I am usually very much of a positive thinker, but when you have two children with a chronic and “life-shortening” disease, these are thoughts that inevitably roll through your mind sometimes. But even as scary as the future looks for our family, I still have SO much hope and believe there is a lot of promise ahead for people living with CF.
I am confident the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is using every resource it has to make the lives better for those with CF and ultimately find a cure. I am determined to do my part to help keep their research moving forward. I am currently in the midst of fundraising for the CFF and I will do this for my girls every year as long as I can. Besides taking care of their health needs every day and praying for a cure, this is all we know to do.
If you are able, please consider supporting us in our fundraising efforts through Great Strides. Even the smallest donation will help and it is 100% tax deductible. You can make a secure online donation through my fundraising page http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/teamtakeitaway or on the same page, you can also choose to click “mail in a donation”.
Thank you in advance for your support.