Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Request

Well Tera has survived another major illness and we’ve all recovered as much as we can before the next one hits.  In the meantime we are in full fundraising and preparation mode for our third Gigi’s Playhouse 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk.  I know I must sound like a broken record when I repeatedly state how much support we get from our family and friends, but I will never stop thanking them and being constantly amazed by them.  We still have four weeks to go and Team Tera is already over $5000!! 

We also decided to sell t-shirts this year and use the proceeds as part of our fundraising.  My incredibly talented husband has come up with a great design and I’ve gotten orders for almost twenty shirts just in the past week.  These are all things that still make me wonder how we got so lucky.   A few weeks ago lucky would not have been what I would have used to describe my life, but even during that time we had so many offers to help watch Tera so we could rest, help us with food, groceries, and encouraging words that despite her health, we were definitely lucky. 

And now she’s healthy again and we can focus on raising money for an organization that provides the support that families like ours need so desperately for so many different reasons.  Other families that don’t have all the resources that we have or maybe just need someone who understands to listen can get that from Gigi’s.  We’ve gotten so much from Gigi’s Playhouse already and as Tera gets older there is so much more that she will benefit from.  All the services, programs, resources, and support that Gigi’s offers are free of charge and so we do whatever we can to help support this organization that has been so supportive to us. 

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that we have had our share of stressful times since Tera has been born.  She’s gone through so many sicknesses, seen so many doctors, we’ve worried about her development, and constantly questioned if we’re doing enough to help her.  And through this all, we’ve been able to talk to other parents at Gigi’s who understand what we’re going through and can either offer suggestions, or just lend a sympathetic ear.  We’ve gotten recommendations for doctors that have been great, therapy strategies that were different from what we were trying, and reassurance that she will do everything her peers do just at her own pace. 

This blog has been so helpful to me on my journey through these past two years.  I was nervous about starting it because I didn’t know who would really want to read what I had to say, but I felt I needed to do it for myself and once I went public with it, I received so much more support than I could have ever imagined.  Unfortunately in the past few months I haven’t been able to post nearly as much as I’d like to, but hopefully as my school year winds down, I’ll have some more opportunities. 

So here are some questions: what is reading my blog worth to you? Have you enjoyed it? Been entertained by it? Cried? Laughed? Would it be worth the price of a movie or a dinner out? And would you be willing to donate that amount to help support this organization that has been so supportive to my sweet baby girl?

We’d really love to have as many people as possible join our team, but we also understand that everyone’s time is precious and limited.  Here’s the link to our team site and regardless of what you can do, I truly appreciate every single comment and word of encouragement and support.  

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