Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What happens when it seems to never end?

 We have all seen someone's story go viral. Whether it's a child with cancer and their local community shows their support through social media and fundraisers or a story makes national news because they are a celebrity. In most cases, I think it is great. Most of these people need our prayers and support, even if we don't know them personally and may never meet them. There really is power in prayer. Most of these stories though, are a temporary situation. 

But what about the chronically ill, the medically complex, and the people that always seem to have something. Do you roll your eyes and say "Not again", or "They are just looking for attention". Do you get sick of hearing about their problems and think "I got my own problems. I can't deal with theirs too." When they first get diagnosed, do you offer to help but after they take you up on your offer for the 100th time, do you stop offering. Have you gotten so numb to "praying for them" that you don't really mean it anymore?

This can be a tough spot for everyone. A life that involves a lot of hospital stays, doctor visits, and coordination of a lot of different things is not "normal" for anyone. For those with complex issues it becomes a bit more normal (because we deal with it every day) but we know that it is tiresome, and not normal.

It is also not fair. Most of us didn't ask for this life. Most of us, at times, get mad at the hand that we have been dealt. All of us are just trying to keep pushing forward to make it to tomorrow, mainly because we have no other choice. We tell you what is going on (again) because we need your prayers. We need your help. We need your good thoughts. And if you ever need that from us, we will be there. If you ever get put into a situation that is not "normal" we will offer to help in any way that we can. Because you were there for us. Because we know how scary and tiresome it can be. For some reason we may even feel more connected to you than before. And while you are just trying to wrap your head around what is going on, you may feel like we are smothering you by always asking if you need anything.

So what happens when it seems to never end? 

For the people that the situation directly affects; just keep breathing. Keep moving forward. Keep your eye on what is really important. 

For the people that are friends or acquaintances; do what you have to do. If you need to take a break from the situation then do that. If you want to offer your time to help out then do that. If all you can do is say a little prayer for them then do that. Their situation is not going to change any time soon and they will find a way to get through. Just try to put yourself in their shoes. Be nice. Don’t cause more drama. Don’t roll your eyes and think they are just looking for attention. And remember that it could be you someday.

 No one can see what the future holds. But know this, if you are ever in need, we will be there for you.
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  1. I can't imagine how hard it must be to have a child with a condition like this. Prayers your way.

    1. It has it's days. Thank you

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  2. God bless you and your family, Tracy.

  3. Parenting a child with special needs can be exhausting. It's important to be surrounded by people who are there to help all the time, not just when a story goes viral.