I can not believe what Martin and I have been through in just the past 6 months! SIX MONTHS people! That’s all it’s been is 6 months! A life time of heart ache in 6 months! Our son was diagnosed with a life threatening illness that in the end took his life! There are marriages that have crumbled under less!
Just going through the diagnosis and treatment was more stress than most will ever have to go through in a lifetime! Yet in our case it just brought the 3 of us closer together. It actually brought out the best in us! And we thought we had already seen the best in each other! Who knew there was more!
While this has been devastating beyond belief, there has been so many blessings as well. I know why Andrew said he wouldn’t change anything if he could go back in time. I know he felt blessed to have met the incredible people that he did at ACH. While they felt blessed by knowing him, I know that’s how he felt about meeting them! He knew if he hadn’t of been diagnosed, he wouldn’t have met some of his favorite peeps! There are some pretty special people at ACH!
I’ve been thinking about this for awhile but maybe because I called Pastor Dave at ACH today about volunteering doing manicures, it has brought all this up again.
When you go through something this huge, you form bonds with the people that share it with you! People that are in the trenches right with you. Most of the people at ACH are there because it’s a calling! It’s not just a job. Yea, we met a few that it was just a job, but on the whole, it was a calling! It has to be, to be able to work with sick kids. It’s not an easy life path!
We were very blessed to have the people we did. There were a few I wanted to have beheaded! Wrong life time! :-D But as Andrew said “there was more good than bad!” This from a kid who had needles in his spine at least twice a week, 25 days of chemo in all, hair loss, diarrhea, constipation, intestinal bleed, lung punctured, mouth ulcerations, bed sores, loss of freedom & privacy, and so much more! Yet there was more good than bad! Amazing!
Let’s face it, these people care for children that could leave at any time. Andrew was one of them! I give them credit for showing up everyday & caring everyday!
And Martin and I are still standing after all of this loving each other more than ever and working on getting excited about our lives again…. with Andrew’s help! Yes, we were the perfect parents to raise this Avatar!
IT’S ALL GOOD!