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Friday, September 21, 2012

My Problems are Trivial

Lincoln has had a cold since Tuesday. He is congested and has a wet cough. He's been cranky and demanding. Both Gabe & I are very tired and I have a headache right now. But you know what, it doesn't matter. It's nothing compared to what two of my friends are going through with their son. A month ago their son, who turned 3-years-old earlier this month, was diagnosed with leukemia. He has JMML (Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia). It's extremely rare. When I found out last month my heart just broke for all of them. I couldn't imagine going through what they are going through. But, I am remaining optimistic for them. I am also so happy that they have the Mommy Group. I am happy to have met all these wonderful mothers and families. It is the greatest group.

When I told Gabe about my friends and their son he was sad about their situation. I then told him that the Mommy Group was planning a fundraiser to help them and he scoffed a bit at this idea. I then said to him "if we were in this situation wouldn't you be happy that we had friends to help out like this" and he said "I wouldn't expect their help". I then explained to him that this wonderful family isn't expecting our help. We're helping because they are our friends and they need our help. This group is about being a supportive community of moms and children and families. None of us in the group expect help, but we all know that if we need help there are people we can ask for it. 

It seems that whenever a mommy is in need we all band together and figure out how we can help. If a mother in the group has a baby then we put together a meal train in which we each take turns taking over a dinner for the first few weeks. If a mommy needs advice on something she knows she can ask on our Facebook group and we do our best to answer her question or give her advice. If someone needs babysitting they can ask for it and if another mom is available then they will help out with it. I am glad I found this group of women and I really don't know what I would do without them.

I pray all the time for my friends and their son. I do my best not to complain about things going on in my life right now. Because I know that compared to what they're going through, my problems are trivial. I am constantly sending them good, loving, healing thoughts. As much as my heart breaks for them, I am optimistic that they will all get through this and they will find a bone marrow match for their son. If you would like to know all about their story and find out how you can help you can check out their Caring Bridge website or you can check out their Facebook page.


  1. Thanks for this, Summer. And yes, this group of women we belong to is really phenomenal. I never in my wildest dreams imagined people would be so generous, so compassionate, and so very loving. We are truly blessed to have all of you in our lives.

    1. You are very welcome, Timaree. I am glad that we are able to help you and your family. Know that the three of you are in our thoughts and prayers every day.