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I’ve talked a bit about the very difficult year we’ve had at the Czarnecki household, and the profound effect it has had on our family. Our baby girl (she’s nearly 15) has been ill since last winter, and since then we’ve gone through every possible test, procedure, blood work, doctor and hospital available. In fact, recently Sofie and I made promises to each other in light of all we’ve been through together this year.
This sweet (and extra spicy) girl of mine has had to face some serious challenges, and overnight it seems, has grown in the face of darkness and heartbreak.
I wouldn’t wish that kind of education on anyone, anywhere. Ever. But it’s one of the first major life challenge for this girl of mine, who has never failed at anything in her life. Sofie has, quite literally, never failed at anything. Until this year, when she couldn’t make herself better no matter how hard she tried.
We’ve all hit a wall at some point, or we will hit plenty of walls (metaphorically speaking) in our journey. This girl just hit a lot of grownup walls at the tender age of 14, and there’s not a thing she can do about it but ride out the storm.
It’s a first for her, and it’s a first for me. I’ve always been able to temper the hurt for my babies, and being unable to do so now is excruciating. It’s a very visceral pain for me to watch her suffer without being able to offer legitimate help in getting her better.
But would you like to know something? My husband and I, who’ve traded night shifts and day shifts and in-between shifts of shuttling her to hospitals and doctors all over the blessed state of Utah, keep looking at each other and saying,
‘Aren’t we lucky? Aren’t we so grateful? Aren’t we are in such a good place?‘
We have insurance. We have each other. We have flexible jobs. We have friends and family, and an amazing online community (yes, you) who have turned their lives upside down to help us face this darkness. We have world class healthcare available to us close to home.
When faced with the worst kind of everything, you look for beacons of hope, and there are many. We are truly lucky.
There are so many children across the globe who aren’t born into the privilege of healthcare. So many. But would you like to know the great thing? There are champions all over the world working tirelessly to amend some very basic inequalities, like early vaccinations for children in developing nations. I’m extremely honored to say that I’m one of them right now, spurring this cause with Shot@Life’s #Bloglust campaign with the United Nations. And YOU can help! It’s super easy.
All you have to do is comment, and share, and comment some more. Seriously, how easy is that? Let’s break a record! Comment away! Leave a comment about any old thing, or a first you’ve experienced. PLEASE. And thank you, for all you do.
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During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, Walgreens will donate one vaccine (up to 60,000). //