Monday, October 21, 2013

Fragile Blessings

Today, I've got a torn heart. Over the weekend I visited with a friend of a friend whose daughter has recently had an unexpected brain tumor found and removed. They were also sent to the St. Louis Children's Hospital, where the amazingly talented staff were able to treat and heal their daughter. Her only indication of the tumor was sudden, unstoppable vomiting (from increasing pressure on her brain). The tumor turned out to be about the size of an apple. In a little 10 year old's brain! So scary. Luckily, she is now in good shape, still as beautiful and charming as ever. What a scare for that sweet family.
I also read on Facebook this morning that a family I distantly know, has lost their little boy. They knew his life here on our Earth would be short lived, and this family truly appreciated and lived out each day to it's fullest. I cannot imagine the pain these young parents are experiencing right now.
Hearing about these things brings me back to just a few short months ago, when I was grief stricken with Ava's Craniosynostosis diagnosis and upcoming surgery. It's hard to believe that it was this time last year when we were in the early stages of trying to understand Ava's condition. Her recovery has been so thorough and rapid, it's just amazing to see where she is now. Unless you know what to look for, it's pretty much impossible to tell she had major cranial surgery this year. She's so beautiful, happy, exuberant. We are truly blessed to have had the medical treatment she needed, and the healthy future that lies ahead for her.
I guess in closing, and to try to bring these thoughts back on track, if you don't do so already, take some time today to say that prayer of thanks. A prayer for comfort for any families you know that are in need or pain. Give those little ones just one more hug and kiss. Tell someone you love them. Life is so complex, yet so fragile. Be thankful today.

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