I want to share this with you. It’s been heavy on my heart for days now.
I see everyone doing this ALS challenge and it’s great that there is money being raised for this cause. I hope we also pay attention to the local families in need. People that we know personally, and can help right here in our own neighborhood and communities. We all know someone that could use a hand. Charity is not about just handing someone some money, it’s about letting them know they are thought of, loved, and cared for. Sometimes when we are struggling with loosing a job or a health scare we forget that there are people willing to help. We don’t want to ask for help. We don’t want to be vulnerable but sometimes asking for help doesn’t mean you can’t handle it, or are not strong. It means you have been strong enough for long enough, and now it’s time to let the people that love you, join you in your fight to get back on top.
I’ve been there. I’ve been overwhelmed in bills and house notes and not been able to put gas in my car. I eventually lost that house and had to live with friends until I could get on my feet. My family helped me out so much, not just finacially, but with encouragement and love. We all need it at some point in our lives.
Today I want to share my friend Kayla’s story. She is the leader in our local homeschool group. I met her almost 2 years ago. I have to admit, it thrilled me and surprised me to see her the first time in person. She has purple hair lol. I loved that! She was so quiet spoken that it will throw you off, how can someone with purple hair be so quiet. But then you have to watch, and listen, because under that soft spoken voice is a quirky sense of humor, an artist, a teacher and a mother. She inspires all of us mothers in the group to keep going and pushing to learn more about our children and to teach them the way we think is best.
Kayla has been struggling with health issues for 8 years, the autoimmune diseases lupus, fybromyalgia, and connective tissue disease and now what they are calling Resistant Raynaud’s Disease. Last Oct we went to a bowling event for the kids, and she was there with her family. She was telling us about her finger and how it had been hurting so very bad. The tip of her index finger was actually turning blue/black colored. She had an appointment to have a doctor look at it. Next thing you know, they are removing it. It would be the first but not the last. She has since had two more removed. And now…now she is fighting to save 3 of them that have turned blue. She is in the hospital in Shreveport and doctors are racing to figure out what to do to save these fingers. If she looses them, she will only have a thumb on her left hand, and 2 fingers and a thumb on the right hand. And there are no guarantees that it will stop there.
This mother and artist, wife and teacher, needs all the help she can get. I hope you will take a minute to read over her story here…http://www.gofundme.com/saving-kaylas-fingers
Their car is over 20 years old and I know it is a worrysome thing to have to fear it breaking down while going back and forth to the hospital to visit Kayla, and her hubby trying to work his job too. Her oldest son just started nursing school. Her 14 yr old is waiting for mom to come home. Every little bit of money raised will go to gas for trips to doctors, food on the table, to pay bills to keep the water and elec going, and all her medical needs, medicine and such.
If you can’t help finacially, please just take a minute to share the story. There may be someone out there that is going through the same thing, or someone that knows how to help.
I appreciate the time you have taken to read this. This family will appreciate it too.
Peace and Love