Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thank You Family and Friends!

Wow, a lot to post about. You know I love a random post, so here I go...

I've been amazed at all the wonderful support we're receiving for our sweet foster baby. It's wonderful to have so many people treat him so wonderfully and serve us so much even though it's not your normal 'new baby' situation. It means so much to us. I just wanted to say thank you Mom and Dad for your visit, gifts, and all the love you gave him! Thank you for getting up in the night with him, for treating him exactly the same as all your other grand babies, and for welcoming him into the family so perfectly. Thank you book club (Kristi, Jaime, Katie, Meredith, and Alisha) for the shower you surprised me with. It meant a lot to me since our future with this baby is uncertain. Thank you Ully for the gift card. You are the sweetest. Thank you Liz, Leslie, Virginia, Deb, Kenna, and Deborah for the clothes, toys, and yummy food. Thank you Krist, Diana, and Steve for the packages with cute baby stuff! Thanks Amanda and Thevs for cuddling him so much at beach. Thanks Abs and Linds for the gift. I love the Puma outfit and all the awesome baby stuff! And thank you everyone else for the emails, phone calls, blog comments and offers to babysit! Our sweet baby is so grateful for all the love. And Catherine, you're the best. I am obsessed with your artwork. That is by far one of the best gifts I've been given!(If anyone's interested she can customize one for you. Just let me know and I'll get you in contact with her.)

I've noticed there's a great support system out there for new moms, I'm really grateful for that. As for chronic illness it's a different story. I thought I'd list some things that friends and family did for me during my most physically painful and exhausting times that helped to pull me through. Thank you family and friends for your examples of selfless service. I know oftentimes it's difficult for all of us to know how to serve someone that deals with different levels of physical illness day in and out. I want to raise awareness so that we can create a similar support system for people struggling with illness...

1. Meals
2. Hopeful packages
3. Calls, emails, or FB messages,
4. Financial help with the insurmountable medical bills and the inability to work
5. Asking how I was doing and really listening for the answer
6. Cleaning house
7. Showing genuine concern
8. Flowers
9. Small and simple thoughts to let me know they cared
10. Prayers
11. Advocating for me to others who don't understand chronic illness or invisible physical illness (when I don't always look sick, but feel it)
12. Researching new info on my disease
13. Remembering that it was a daily struggle and continuing to support and asking how they could help

Thank goodness I'm at a point where I can focus more on what others need instead of being in so much pain that I'm incapable of doing much. Thank you everyone for your amazing support during the last crazy painful years of my life. I'm in a much better place cause of all of y'all!

More good news...Yeah! I did a 10k. I walked it, (cause running increases my pain) but I did it. I feel grateful that I've come so far.
Woohoo!

15 comments:

Melissa said...

I have Interstitial cystitis and have been healing myself with the help of Chinese herbal medicine for the past 8 months, it has been the toughest battle of my life, I have had it 5 years and I am 30 years old. I have another year to go before I should be symptom free. I am so grateful for blogs like yours to gain encouragement through this process. Thank you.

Kjirsten said...

Em, I am so happy for you and Benjamin! I would love to see a picture of the cutie but I understand if you don't want to post any on the blog. Email me one (or a few:) if you get time. How is your job going? I hope well! Love you guys!

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Benjamin said...

Em, it's great to see that people like Melissa and Emily and others are benefiting from the work you're doing on and off this blog. You're a real success story for people with chronic illness and a great example to me. Thanks for being awesome.

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Jeanne said...

Hi Em,

Nice to "meet" you. I just happened across your blog. Congratulations on your foster baby placement. It's wonderful that you have such a great support system.

Take care,

Jeanne

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ButterJo said...

I love your blog and am grateful for people like you who are willing to put their life out there in order to help others. My husband and I are in the adoption process and I also struggle with chronic illnesses, so I feel very drawn to your blog. Thank you!!!
Bobbi Jo @ beautifullysick.com

ariam78 said...

quick healthy and yummy recipe: ZUCCHINI CREAM/SOUP: Cook onions to the point of almost caramelized, add chopped zuchinni (skin included, just make sure to wash it properly before), add enough water to cover and let it boil until its soft, add some light cheese, a pinch of salt...blender and voila! ready to serve!

btw congrats on the foster baby!

John Stamos said...

Great piece - I know I shouldn't be surprised that so many of the PFAM bloggers write for the same reasons, but this part in particular "If I hadn’t started blogging, I might still feel like the only one in the world that this is happening to.
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John Stamos said...

Great piece - I know I shouldn't be surprised that so many of the PFAM bloggers write for the same reasons, but this part in particular "If I hadn’t started blogging, I might still feel like the only one in the world that this is happening to.
Critical Illness Cover