I am part of you. Not in some creepy weird way, but through your posts on Hopeful and in your blogs. I have laughed with you, cried with you, and felt your frustration when things didn't work out. You have invited me into your homes and your lives. I have been privileged and honored that you have shared your lives with me.
Normally I would love to post and share my life with you. But today I would like you to know another Hopeful Parent. She doesn't write on here, but like us her life has been touched and forever changed by her son's special needs. Her name is Kristi Hart and she was an everyday mommy just like the rest of us. She went to work and cared for her kids and just did the best she could.
But then tragedy struck. Her little boy, Brian, became ill. Very ill. For six years our community has watched, prayed, raised funds, and loved this family. Brian is a fighter and a hero. But right now the fight is winding down. The doctors have told Kristi that the legions on his brain have overtaken him and the deadly chemo cocktails are no longer working. It is time to unplug the machines and let the little fighter rest.
So now I am asking for a favor. We are a community. Just as I have walked beside you now it is time for us to walk beside Kristi. The valley of the shadow is a lonely walk. It is not good to walk alone. Think about them this weekend, say a prayer for the family if you are inclined, if you would like to even go one step further and share some love she is on Facebook and you could leave her a message. I know she would like that.
We can't change what happened to our children, but together we can support each other and draw strength from others when we need it. Thank you for letting me be part of you and for being part of me as well.
Amy Fields is a stay at home mommy and has two special needs adopted children. You can follow her at her blog, Many Kinds of Families.