Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mr. Witt,

Interesting that you feel so comfortable leaving me a message but block messages from being left on your site. I assume you've done that to avoid having people like yourself leave posts. First of all, you suggest I hold bake sales and raise money for research. That would be a wonderful thing to do, I agree, but I can't support every cause out there. I bonded to Lydia and Abby's stories because of a common bond we have - adoption. While I would love to be able to support cancer research I would be inclined to send support to my daughter's orphanage first. This last summer I raised the money and purchased cleft palate bottles to send to China - I am doing something. Second, you suggest I not just feel bad. Would you prefer that I have apathy toward you or your son? I have a heart and I don't want to see any child hurting. I can't imagine what it is like for the parents either. So, yes, I feel bad. I wish I could be with Lydia's family and offer them comfort right now. I can't. I wish cancer didn't exist, but I also wish cystic fibrosis didn't exist, and juvenile diabetes, and food allergies. But they do and I am only one person so I have to choose and it makes the most sense for me to choose those that are closest to my heart for various reasons. My son has a life threatening food allergy - he could die without warning. A friend's daughter has diabetes she has to be ever vigilant as well. I don't feel like I should have to justify myself, but I do feel that you need to know more about someone before becoming so agitated. I pray that your son will respond well to treatment so you are never in Cody's parent's shoes. And I will always know now how many people are affected by childhood cancer - thanks to families like Lydia's and Abby's. I wish you the best.


Bailey said...

Well-spoken dear friend. Hugs to you.

Ken and Jill Blattner said...

I second that, WELL spoken. It is unfortunate, that people can sometimes be so quick to assume that others are doing nothing but showing pity. When, actually, we are doing the best we can to help others in need, while still raising our own children. We are putting all of our faith in Christ, that His will be done. That we are praying with our own children, for those children who are suffering. Our prayers are stronger than anything we can "do". God bless, talk to you soon.