OK…I know. The word “Miracle” is a tad overused at this time of year. When you start out with the whole ‘Bethlehem away-in-a-manger’ business, Christmas is always going to lean towards the miraculous. Just because a term is overused, doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.
While this is usually a blog about Addison, (anyone want to argue about her miraculous-ness?) I thought I should use my all too infrequent posts to tell you about some other children whom I have had the pleasure of meeting this week. These are kids who have really ratcheted up the miracle meter. I want to tell you about their families, who found themselves sitting in one of the waiting rooms at Children’s Hospital with no idea they would be forced to deal with a life altering diagnosis. Imagine waking up Christmas morning and being told your 3-week old has leukemia, or finding out your 15-year old son has stage 4 colon cancer. What’s remarkable about these stories is not the rarity of the disease, nor the treatment, not even the outcome. What sets these families apart is the aplomb with which they deal with their situation.
Not to say it is easy. These are people who have shed more than their share of tears, who have spent too many sleepless nights at their child’s hospital bedside, and who have stared into the mirror terrified about what was coming next. Through it all, though, they refused to believe there was no hope, refused to quit, and have come out on the other side stronger for it.
All week on Global News we are running stories ( very originally titled “Holiday Miracles”) that I am so proud to share with you. This is the reason I became a journalist. These are good stories with great characters that hopefully make viewers want to do something to help. We have tried to stay away from some of the more glaring cliches in the typical Christmas medical story, and we’ve even managed to inject a little humour. You can watch all of the stories here on the Global BC website. (sorry about the ads.)
I heard a great line the other day. “These kids will change the world.” They have been through so much, they know how valuable their lives are and they don’t want to waste a gift. There is a lesson here, these stories should be inspiring. Every life is precious and fleeting. Take all the joy you can from your days. I take so much joy from those around me who have supported us through our struggle, and from Addison who I’m sure you all know is a perfect little miracle.