Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hope

Oftentimes, when we think about medical miracles and answered prayers, we think of situations like Stellan's or Harper's. A complete turnaround - an unexplained healing. It's awesome and so encouraging.

This week, I was reminded of another kind of medical miracle. This kind of medical miracle was just as much an act of God as the others, but took a lot of work, money, and research here on Earth to become a miracle.

A few years ago, our dear friends gave birth to a beautiful son named Colin. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and tragically, due to several complications from the disease, lived here on Earth for only 7.5 months. His life had unspeakable value. The story of his fight spread among family and friends, renewing the prayer lives of many.

About a year later, Ryan and Wendy had another son, Clayton, who was also born with HLHS. Thankfully, the HLHS surgeries and treatment have been successful for Clayton, and he is currently a very sweet and happy 2.5 year old.

Wendy's recent post, however, reminded me of something that I actually hadn't thought about before I read it a few days ago:

We are so grateful for the doctors that pioneer the amazing surgeries that keep Clayton and children like him living. If Ryan or I were born with HLHS we would not have lived, as these surgeries were only developed in the early 80's, and they were not very successful until the mid 90's. True HLHS, like our boys have had, was 100% fatal. We are even more grateful for all the children that have paved this road before us. Treatment for our kids improves everyday, and if parents didn't make the tough decision to put their kids through these cutting edge procedures, we would not have Clayton today. Tonight I remember Colin, Maddie, Ellie, Kayla, Davin, Ethan, Lauren, Abigail, Wylan, and many others whose names I can't recall. They were all deeply loved and are all greatly missed. I hope the lessons learned with these children will improve the treatment course for other children with CHDs. Hug your kiddos tonight.

Clayton would not be here today if he had been born just a few decades ago. Can you imagine what a difference the research and new surgeries has made for families of kids with HLHS? There are so many diseases out there that used to be fatal, and now, thanks to research, have treatments and fixes.

This should give us hope.

Hope for kids like Cathryn and Corynne, JudsonIssac, DylanCora, and others. All these kids had fatal diseases. And all these kids are greatly loved by their families, friends, and others. All these kids made an impact on this world.

But someday, maybe kids that have the diseases these kids had won't have to die. Someday, maybe there will be treatment for these kids. 

Sometimes, it takes some work down here on Earth to get our miracle. And today, I will encourage you to be a part of that miracle. 

Donate just a little something to one of the causes of the kids or parents of kids you pray for every day. Donate a little something to the Cancer society for the friend you lost to it or who is fighting for their life right now. Donate a little something to the Multiple Sclerosis Society for people (like my mom) who live with MS or to the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association for Gitzen Girl.

There is reason to think that there will be a cure for any or all of these diseases someday. But we can't sit on our butts.

Get out there and do something. And oh, by the way, don't stop praying.

4 comments:

Tim said...

Nice post! We all need to do something. Getting involved is only the first step. As for real miracles, keep an eye on our blog as I am writing a post about a couple that I experienced first hadn that are for sure to touch you.

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Tim said...

Oh yeah, i almost forgot. If you dont mind, I have a new button now so if you want to change out my old one for it that would be great.

Tim

♥georgie♥ said...

What a beautiful inspiring post...stopping by from country mouse city mouse to say hi and read more about you...

Natalie said...

Great Post. I have been going through a lot of searching for a diagnosis for my Uveitis and there have been weeks when we had to wait on results that drove us crazy. Spondylitis, MS, Sarcoidosis and leukemia just being some of them.
I believe research is sooo important and we sometimes tend to forget that research takes money and time. And even if it is just a little amount like you say, it is the first step!