I won’t take my children’s health for granted any more

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Since moving to South Carolina at the end of July, my boys have been sick off and on with coughs and colds, allergies, the flu, and stomach bugs. It has seemed like it’s been one thing after another. I’ve been praying for good health; for a streak of good health that lasts more than three weeks. I’ve been upset at having to cancel play dates or family pictures because the kids were sick.  I’ve felt sad for my little ones having to endure all the miserable symptoms that come with being sick; fever, cough, runny/stuffy nose, itchy eyes, throwing up, nebulizer treatments…I’ve just wanted them to be well. That’s what every parent wants for their child, for them to be healthy.

Tonight I realized just how blessed my children and I actually are.  My perspective on these things changed. These past few months I’ve been wishing my children didn’t have colds or the flu, and have been so caught up in my own worries and concerns for them that I didn’t realize how trivial these “sicknesses” actually are.

As I sit here writing this with tears streaming down my face, I’m thinking of the niece of an old friend of mine. Her name is Amanda and she is just five years old.  When she was only three years old she was diagnosed with ependymoma, a cancer in the ependyma, a tissue of the central nervous system. She has multiple tumors on her brain and spine. I read her story tonight on Facebook.  I read a post her mother wrote about how Amanda’s doctor told them this week that their precious daughter may only have days to weeks to live.  And then I watched this video about the journey Amanda and her parents have been through and I realized how blind I’ve been.

I’ve been complaining and upset about my children having little colds when there are children like Amanda fighting for their life each day. There are parents who have to deal with watching their child suffer through so much pain and discomfort and treatment after treatment. Parents who have to face the fact that their beautiful gift from God could be leaving them forever. I can never begin to understand what they are going through and I pray I never have to.

I will never again take my children’s health for granted.  Despite the colds, runny noses, the flu, and allergies, they are perfectly healthy little boys and I thank God for that and I will continue to thank Him for that each and every day.

So tonight, I ask for you to take a moment to take stock of your life and your children’s health.  Don’t take it for granted.  And, please, say a prayer for Amanda and her family.

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