January 20, 2010: A mass appeared on Sam’s neck, a mass we’d later learn was Neuroblastoma cancer. He was only six months old.
January 20, 2014: I got the call that my dad had suffered a massive heart attack & died suddenly, ripping a hole in the tapestry of our family.
Looking back on two of the most difficult days I’ve faced in my life, I can’t help but be amazed at the grace God has bestowed upon my family. Two events that shook me to my core & literally changed who I am as a person, forever linked because of a date on a calendar. The first taught me that faith is far more than what we see or the way things appear & that through God, miracles can happen. The second taught me that life is short & that sometimes forgiveness & mercy are more important than being right especially when we can’t fully understand what someone is going through. I’ve learned that we can never pretend to know why people do the things that they do & our job is to love them, not judge them. Ive had to vforgive myself for my own shortcomings & I’ve dedicated my life to helping others who face struggles that society doesn’t want to understand.
Two events, that brought me to my knees & ripped my heart to pieces, with time & healing, have become the very foundation for which I live my life. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things in life, to believe that good can come from bad & that sometimes hard times bring about beautiful new beginnings. I miss my dad everyday & every year it seems I miss him even more, yet his life continues to teach me & helps me to be kinder, take chances & to not take life too seriously. Sam is thriving & lives life to the fullest, with no hard feelings for what he faced early on, teaching me to let things go, live in the moment & embrace this crazy journey called life!
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