Wednesday, February 24

Do something about it

Can I just say, diseases suck? As a person of faith, I know that this is not how life is supposed to be. So it bothers me to see someone's vibrancy dampened by disease and tragedy. I get worked up about it. I feel like using my karate-chop action.

My mother-in-law is at the cusp of what is sure to be a get-worse-to-get-better maelstrom of chemo, hormone therapy, the removal of organs, and possibly radiation. That makes me angry. The fact that on top of everything else this disease will rob her of her eyelashes is insulting. Go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure by clicking here to learn more and donate to the cause. Then do a high kick and scream "eff you cancer!" (Actual cursing optional.)

My friend Lea (like the princess, only spelled differently; also, my friend Lea is more gorgeous) was recently diagnosed with MS. Once, when we were teenagers, her parents went out of town for the weekend so I stayed with her and in turn she taught me how to make a mean fritatta (she's a true half-Italian, speaks it and all). Lea is walking for the National MS Society this spring. She has a very humble (in my opinion) goal of raising $500. She's almost there. Click here to help push her team fund-raising over the top. Then do a fist pump and yell "Yeah, in your face MS!" And maybe throw in a high kick.

I've had two friends whose baby boys were born with unexpected difficulties. My friend (and bridesmaid) Caroline gave birth to Cade just a few months ago; he was 6 weeks early.

In fact, my profile photo is nicked from a photo of me and Caroline as bridesmaids at Kim's wedding this past fall.

See the baby bump? That's Cade, all cozy in utero.

When I saw a heartbreaking photo of the first time Caroline was able to hold her precious boy, I knew that all mothers should be able to hold their babies the moment they're born, not days later. Another friend and fellow police wife, Amber, lost her son Jacob at 4 months after he was born with an undiagnosed heart defect. When I sat in the pew at his funeral, 8 months pregnant with my own son, I knew that all babies should be born with hearts that work. Go to to support families like these. Then go hug somebody.

Finally, I'd like to mention the Joseph Salmon Trust, for which the Hadrian's Walk was formed. Very sadly, I recently decided that the timing wasn't right for me to go as I had planned. I can't express how disappointed I am, but I know I'm needed here. However, I urge you to visit the Trust's website as well as, and consider donating. The charity assists bereaved parents with the financial difficulties that accompany the death of a child, to allow them time to grieve and move forward without worrying about how they're going to pay for a headstone or the power bill.

Let's lift each other by sharing our blessings. And remember, a donation and an enthusiastic high kick are always good ideas.


stephanie said...

reading of the loss of someone's little one - it brings tears to my eyes.

i just found out that one of my friends (known her for 12 years) was recently diagnosed with MS. she's one of the strongest, most vibrant women i know. as she told me about her diagnosis, she tried to keep it light (how do you do that?) probably to avoid us both crying.

thanks for posting this - i'm thankful to be able to support this cause.

Jo Beaufoix said...

So sorry you're not coming on the walk Erin, but you're right, by the looks of it you are definitely needed at home. I hope all your loved ones get all the support and care they need and we'll see you on the next one. x

Ian Newbold said...

You swear and curse so eloquently, and in such a worthwhile context.

My best to all those around you, that need you, and I spare the best, of my best, for you.

Take care special lady (and you can take that 'special' in various contexts, whichever makes you smile will do).

Dawn said...

I'm sure there are a number of people who would say a heart-felt "thank you!" for your compassion and discussion of these different causes--and what's even more incredible is that I know you wouldn't expect acknowledgement, humble, wonderful gal that you are. <3

Thank you for reminding us all that there are occurrences that make us feel helpless, but we can *do something about it.*

Dan said...

We're all very disappointed that you can't come too. But you have to have priorities and yours are int he right place.

You never know, there may be a next time anyway.

Dori said...

Two of my cousins were diagnosed with MS well into adulthood. I've lost count of how many friends of mine are battling some form/stage of cancer...lost a dear, most wonderful friend last winter to the damned disease. Talked to his widow this morning. She's an amazing person--absolutely amazing. My sister's best friend--faced with the knowledge that she does, indeed, have a death sentence over her head and she's going to leave two girls without a mom--is the true definition of Survivor. Her positivity and outlook on life is incredible. If we all woke up with her positivity the world would be a far, far better place.

The diseases piss me off too. No reason for them. None. I'm sure there are people who would argue that there's a reason for everything. But I don't subscribe to that point of view.

Michaela said...

You aren't going on the walk anymore? Dang judy. Hope you're well....

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