my grown up christmas wish.

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How many times (daily) do you find yourself scrolling through your inbox which is slammed with store offers, advertisements or other useless emails you don’t have a minute to unsubscribe from? With the five email accounts I have, I find myself doing that more often than not during the day. However – just the other day, I was scrolling through and came across an email that not only touched my heart, but warmed my soul. An email I am so grateful to have received.

It was from Heather – a mom, a blogger, a fighter – a survivor. Heather had just given birth to her little girl when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is caused my asbestos exposure and this new mom was given just 15 months to live. With her strength and determination – Heather has beat the odds. Now eight years later, her email popped into my inbox. Her mission is to have bloggers post something they are thankful for and also bring awareness to this disease and her story. First off – let me say, I am thankful for HER! For someone whom I never met to share such a significant part of their life with others for the purpose of spreading awareness (and hope) is a beautiful thing!

As the holiday season is in full swing, one of my favorite things to do is give back! I participated in the coordination of a huge toy drive for a pediatric center near my hometown. This center is a rehabilitation resident facility caring for children, from birth to age 21, with a wide range of severe disabilities and complex clinical conditions. Today is the day we are delivering the toys. Last year, as we toured the magnificent facility, the children I met were so inspiring. Today, as I walk the halls of the center, I will walk now as a mother of a four month old, a new parent – whose heart is bursting with love for my daughter. To see the children of the center (infants to young adults) face their personal struggles each day with such will, is surely admirable. Their parents and loved ones are thankful to have a facility of this kind to care for these wonderful children.

So what is my grown up Christmas wish? To give hope. To give love. To give encouragement. You never know the battles or struggles others are facing or may face. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Accept each day as a gift and be a shoulder to lean on for those in your life. Sometimes an open ear and a warm hug can make someone’s day. Please keep in mind such inspiring and admirable people like Heather and the children of the pediatric center – for they have learned the meaning of life and appreciate all that it has to offer. I wish Heather and her family a healthy and happy holiday and to all the children at the pediatric center, the readers of my blog, and my family and friends – Merry Everything and Happy 2014.

Now’s the time to make a wish…why knot?!

To find out more about Heather’s story and mesothelioma, please visit http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/

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