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He knew. Both his beautiful girls were in the fight of their lives.: 17-year-old rallies behind his girlfriend after leukemia diagnosis, sister after Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis

“The pain came back with a vengeance. We watched our beautiful, vibrant, sassy daughter waste away. Then his girlfriends mother got an urgent phone call. Can you please tell Wade? held that 6-foot, 175-pound boy. I rocked him as he asked if he would lose her. He says they are his strength, and the girls say he is theirs.

‘I just felt her fingers and toes moving!’ Those movements would be her last. I hold on to them every day.’: Mom loses daughter to Placenta Previa, says grief is a ‘life-long process’

“I sat, alone, doing an ultrasound which looked like nothing. I’d lost all of my amniotic fluid, but my baby was still alive. The doctor told me she had a 1% chance of survival and to not keep any hope. ‘After delivery, what do you want to do with her? Here’s the arrangement options.’ In my mind, I was still holding onto that 1%. It took 2 hours to fully deliver her. It was quiet, sorrowful. I leaned up at one point and could see her legs, lifeless.”

‘My closest friends decided to leave me forever. My core group was gone.My heart was broken. New friends?It is terrifying to put yourself out there. Girls can be mean. Women can be vicious.’

“I can prepare and clean my house for 3 hours the 1st few times you come for a visit. But I can only pretend it is usually this clean for so long before you find out the truth. One day you will stop in because you forgot your sweater, and you will see the underwear one of my boys flung on the couch and the dinner dishes piled up from last night.”

‘My son died of the flu in only 48 hours. On Christmas Day. He hadn’t yet received his vaccine.’: Mom loses son to influenza, claims ‘good health’ does not protect against the flu

“I delayed my childs flu shot for a wellness visit after the holidays. Leon never made it to that appointment. I let his flu shot slip through the cracks because we spent our time and energy on the holidays. I continue to feel the weight of his absence every day, in every corner of our home.”

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