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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pour Your Heart Out

If you need more info about Pour Your Heart Out, see THIS post.

But, really, it's anything that YOU consider pouring your heart out.

Be sure to check out some of the links- you will find some amazing stories out there.

Again, just a brief reminder that everyone linking is pouring their hearts out and we should all be respectful in our comments. ;)






 
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Just a little unrelated note from me before we get started: I know that I totally suck this week at getting around to everyone's blogs and returning follows. I'm usually much better. But, between my boys' field trip, preschool being an hour away due to our move, trying to unpack, my parents being in town- and coming in a day earlier than they promised, my SITS day, plus what you will read in this post- well, I'm behind. Don't give up on me! Give me a little time and I'll be back to all your blogs again and return all follows. Love you!

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As soon as that tiny little newborn is placed in our arms, we not only become parents, we become worriers. And it doesn't ever stop.


Is he eating enough?

Will he ever sleep through the night?

Is that cry really just from teething?

What's that funny rash?

Will my child be potty-trained in time for preschool? For kindergarten?

Is he eating too much?

Does he have friends?

Is that normal?


We worry and wonder and pray and hope that we are doing the best job that we can.  It's part of being a parent.


But, some parents have bigger things to worry about.


They have to wonder if their child is ever going to get better.


They wonder how long they will have their child with them.


They wonder if someone will find a way to cure their baby.


They run their fingers through their sleeping baby's hair and sob, wishing that they could take away what is making their baby so sick. So hurt. So fragile.


I don't know if there is a fear in this world that compares to the one that you experience when you learn that your child is sick. Really sick.


In case you are not familiar with Mission Monkey, you can read more HERE.


Take a look at this face and try to imagine the worries that are going through Michelle's heart:



Here's what I know: this could be any of our kids.


Any single one of us could have our worlds turned upside down in an instant. One check-up at the doctor's office, one diagnosis, and everything changes.


I want to tell you how angry I am that I even know how to spell "neuroblastoma." Because it's Jaden's disease and the one that took Ethan's little life recently. And now, it's Monkey's diagnosis, too.


Ian, over at The Daily Dose of Reality, is organizing a fundraiser to help this family: having a sick child is an emotional hell and a financial one. There have been lots of you who donated items for the raffle that is going to be held. I won't go into too many of the details here, because Ian has them for you today on his blog. Please check it out. Ian is the one who came up with Mission Monkey and is organizing this. I simply told him that I would do what I could to help. And since I have a big mouth, I'm using it to spread the word.


You can grab Monkey's new button- the code is over on my sidebar. If you click on that link, it will take you directly to Monkey's paypal page, where you can make a donation.


Now, I know that times are tough. They pretty much suck for my family right now, too.


But, we have to remember that there is strength in numbers. According to my little readers counter, I have about 800 readers....if everyone of you donates $1, that's $800...think if all of you donated $10. Together, we'd donate $8,000. And that's not including all the other bloggers that are doing their part to spread the word to help Monkey's family.


So, think about it: every little bit helps. Think if it were your child because it so easily could be.


Please keep Monkey in your prayers and go visit Ian to see how the raffle is going to work.



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46 Comments:

Blogger Momma Fargo said...

Monkey rocks! Praying for her every day.

May 12, 2010 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Brittany Ciara said...

I'm praying for Monkey! You are so great for helping with this!

May 12, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

This is beyond an awesome post.

May 12, 2010 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger smArtee said...

Wonderful and heartfelt post..so true it could be anyone's child at any time...Thank You..!!!

May 12, 2010 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Tylaine said...

Thanks for writing such a beautiful post Shell! I am praying for Monkey and my heart goes out to her family. Lovely post :)

May 12, 2010 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

My heart aches for Michelle! Thanks for the post!

May 12, 2010 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger Tami G said...

OK - first of all - I am COMPLETELY outta the loop about this. I'm going straight over to Ian's when I leave here.

Second - I just poured my heart out and forgot it was pour your heart out day! So I'm going to edit and link up!

PS - your AWESOME for what you are doing - I hope I am able to help in some small way.. Prayers are a given.

May 12, 2010 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

I have been thinking about Michelle and her family constantly. I'll be donating of course. I know how a little adds up real quick cause of my dads fundraiser.

May 12, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Life Without Pink said...

Its so sad I can't deal with children and them being sick. My friends child had the same type of cancer. I am happy to say that 2 years later he is perfectly healthy! It was a long road for the entire family but definitely worth it because of where he is today.

May 12, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Heading over now to check out Ian's blog! It breaks my heart that this is happening to yet another child. I don't get it.

May 12, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

They are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

Heading to Ian's now.

May 12, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

Standing right next to you on this....

Have a good day Shell.

May 12, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Now I'm crying...great, just put on mascara.

Love you for writing about this,

Alex aka Ma What's for Dinner

May 12, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

Praying and praying for sweet little Monkey!

May 12, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Mine is up now too. but not nearly as good as yours. I linked up as well.

;-)

May 12, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Kim - In Search of Me in Mommy said...

Oh....so sad! I am going to check Ian's site! It's wonderful that you are passing on the information.

Sad! :(

May 12, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Good grief- it's a wonder any parent is able to fall asleep.

Ever.

May 12, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger ModernMom said...

Heading over to Ians blog now. Thanks for spreading the word.

May 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

I'm here :)

May 12, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I wish everyone who had a 'voice' as big as yours would use it for good.... Praying for Monkey and her family....

May 12, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Di said...

I'll be praying too!

May 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

I just keep thinking the same thing Shell. This could be any of our children. And then my heart skips a beat!

May 12, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I have witnessed this fear and pain. My coworker's son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (like you I'm sad I can spell it, let alone know what it is) just over a year ago. He is doing ok, thank God, but she has asked all of us praying for them to pray, also, for all the other children battling this disease. I have. I've been praying for over a year, and I'll continute to do so.

This is too ugly for any child to have to witness. These children are in my heart always.

May 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Thanks for your post! Her story is heart breaking! That same thought as been on my mind since I read... it could be my child. I'm praying!

May 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

This is a great post Shell! I am glad that Mission Monkey is going great!

May 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

I am so sad for their family. I am getting ready to wash Monkey's blanket right now and once it is dry, I will send it to them.

May 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

This story completely breaks my heart and is hits home. My niece was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma 6 years ago and fought a good fight. She is an amazing young lady who is currently loosing her battle and loosing it quickly. If you want to be inspired please check out her caringbridge site. I'm praying for the little Monkey!! I can't even imagine what they are going through.

http://www.caringbridge.org/mn/maryah/

May 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
OpenID dramaformama said...

You are so sweet to be helping SO much. It's all heartwrenching and heart breaking... MY heart goes out to all of these sick children and their families. I cannot even imagine.

May 12, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

I couldn't imagine having to go through this. I will be donating something to mission monkey.

May 12, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Praying for Monkey.

May 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

I love this post your wrote! I just donated what I could today!!!

Child and Cancer do not belong in the same sentence!!!

May 12, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Together We Save said...

Praying!!

May 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

Oh my goodness. I read this post today and scrapped mine and re-wrote one for her. My heart breaks for her and her family, so hopefully I can send some supporters her way. I donated today and will add her button to my blog.

Oh, my heart just breaks.

May 12, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger angie said...

Well, I'm definitely thinking........and heading over now.

May 12, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger 3LittleMonkeys said...

Great post. So true, if we have our health, nothing else matters!

Definitely praying for them.

May 12, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Sonora said...

I have been thinking so much about this lately, especially about little Monkey. We do worry as parents. Sometimes I think I worry more than any other parent (although I am sure we all feel this way). My kids have been sick all year it seems and every time I get down I think about these poor babies and their sweet families and how I have nothing to complain about. My prayers are with all of them!

May 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Busymomsteph said...

Thank you so much for this post and sharing this story. My prayers are with them! You are so amazing!

May 12, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Grand Pooba said...

Wow, Monkey is adorable, that is just so heartbreaking! She will be in my thoughts for sure.

May 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Venassa said...

It's so true.. every little bit counts.

With so many people helping to donate and spread the word, I think the turn out will be amazing.

May 12, 2010 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Wonderful cause, thank you for highlighting it. You are right, it could be any of our kids.

May 12, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I've been gone for a while and haven't come across this story yet. I don't even know the story and have tears flowing down my face, because it can be any of our children. I have a friend whose son beat brain cancer, and his story is AMAZING and every time I see him, my heart aches for what he's gone through.

I can't click on that story today. Tomorrow, maybe, but today I need to close the computer, love my babies and beforehand donate. My prayers are with this family, and I will definitely go and read the story when I'm not already emotional (stupid pregnant hormones!)

May 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Donated! Wish so much that I could do more, but this month is a bad month.

May 12, 2010 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Messy Mommy said...

WHOOPS! I've just spent the last hour commenting on people's blogs with my "true" identity. Oh well, I'd rather do that than post on my IRL friends' blogs with this one.

May 13, 2010 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Anastasia said...

Thank for using your big mouth! Doing the same.

May 13, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Great post. I agree with you..I hate that I can spell neuroblastoma, and that I know what it is without having to go to Dr. Google. So sad.

May 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is well told.

October 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM  

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