Ever since spending an inordinate amount of time in three different children’s hospitals during my son’s fight with leukemia, I’ve had a soft-spot for nurses, social workers and other personnel who dedicate their lives to not only saving children, but improving their quality of life in the process.
They routinely go above-and-beyond, and you can read some of these stories here:
We’ve all been watching new of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their very unhappy trail across the ocean onto land. I’ve seen posts and pictures and news of ugly havoc and beautiful brotherhood on the news. This morning, I came across this news of Hurricane Irma and a tear-inducing story.
Go ahead, take the time to click on this story and share the tears and the joy produced by nurses who sheltered a family stuck from the hurricane, trying to celebrate a birthday all while reeling from a brand-new-and-therefore-terrifying diagnosis of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Willow turned three with only her mom present, because Hurricane Irma trapped the family elsewhere. However, the staff at the hospital banded together to ensure a joyful birthday party that won’t soon be forgotten. They made sure Willow and mom feel loved and valued and, for just a moment, “normal.”
Often, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard the media present stories expressing surprise at the beauty of people pulling together and the loveliness of strangers reaching out to care. Truthfully, I’m sad that we, as a nation, are so shocked.
After battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia with my son, I’m not surprised. We experienced love and care from strangers and family both and consider ourselves incredibly blessed by people from all three hospitals in which we found ourselves.
Mondays at Blessed But Stressed are for inspiration, and for me there is not much more inspiring than nurses working tirelessly to save lives or doctors who take the time to pin toys to their stethoscopes or social workers who bring in dolls to explain medical procedures.
It shouldn’t take a hurricane for us to recognize true bravery and heroism.
Hospitals should be on the news daily for their amazing work with children!
Here’s one mom who wants to just take a moment to say thanks!