Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Moms Helping Moms

See, the thing is, she's a baby—been on this here Earth only four short years.

And over the last few weeks, this pretty little chocolate girl with bright eyes and a mile-wide smile -- the daughter of a dear friend of mine -- has been battling a disease much too big for any child to bear, much less a kid who's yet to see the inside of a kindergarten classroom.


Her mother, Jennae Peterson, broke the news of her daughter's plight on her website, GreenYourDécor.com:

"It's still hard to write that word. It's even harder to say it out loud, because it feels like that will make it more real. But as much as I wish I could turn back time and change the diagnosis or deny it altogether, this is what we're facing. Every time we think about what her tiny body is doing to her, it breaks our heart a little bit more. This is pretty close to my worst nightmare come true."

This. This is what hurts me to the core. Because no baby should have to fight and claw and wrestle like this. And certainly, no mother or father should have to stand by and cuddle and rock and rub and put on the brave face when her or his child is suffering. I can not, for even one second, put myself in Jennae's shoes -- imagine the might she must muster to steel her back and square her shoulders and smile for her daughter's sake, even when tears have sapped every ounce of joy there is to be had.

What's worse is that Jennae's family doesn't have health insurance. Her husband? Looking for work. Jennae? Self-employed. The medical bills? Insurmountable. With all that's on their mind, they're also facing the very sad, very scary reality that the care baby girl needs may not be within their reach because they neither have nor can afford health insurance.

Um, hello Congress: Healthcare reform? Public option anyone? Do you want to, oh, I don't know, do your job so that the people you represent can count on tangible, sustainable, much-needed help? Because babies need not be in hospital wards with their mothers and fathers on their knees, praying for miracles and money.

Not when chocolate girlpies are sick and their mamas and daddies are barely holding on.

Though I'm tempted, I'm not going to launch into a missive on health care reform and the need for more meaningful legislation to help families (at least not in this post). Instead, I'm going to make an appeal to each of you—my fellow moms who can identify with Jennae on the most human of levels. Please make a donation today toward my friend's daughter's hospital bills and chemotherapy treatments (using the "Chip In" widget in the left hand sidebar). Though she recently found out her daughter will qualify for a state-run children's healthcare program, there are still a lot of expenses she and her hubs have to cover on their own to make sure their daughter gets the best care as she goes through this trying time. We've all witnessed the generosity of moms coming to the aid of favorite bloggers who've needed help; it is, for sure, a beautiful, humbling display of support. I'm making a personal appeal to you, my fellow moms, to wrap Jennae (a recently-featured MyBrownBaby Mom of the Month), her husband, and their daughter in our own warm—to show her that we love them, support them, and wish them God's speed.

No amount is too small or too big; anything—and I mean anything—is appreciated.

So, too, are your prayers for the pretty little chocolate girl with the bright eyes and the mile-wide smile.

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  1. I want to let the family know that they will in my preyers.

  2. I will be donating and praying...A parent's worst nightmare!

  3. @Mame Afia and Alicia: Thank you SO much for your well wishes!

  4. I will be lifting up this brave sweetheart and her family in my prayers

  5. Donating and praying! With God, nothing is impossible. I look forward to hearing reports of a miracle.

  6. As a mother, I know all too well what a mother and father will go through when their little one is battling the fight for life. We went through a diagnosis of meningitis with our first born over 14 years ago. Although our then 13-month old daughter didn't win that fight we have grown to except the peace we feel knowing she's our personal angel in heaven. Brianna would be 16 this year.

    We just recently had another scare with our youngest Tyanna, after she stepped on a nail of all things. The bone in her foot ended up infected, requiring surgery and 8 weeks of IV antibiotics, three of which caused allergic reactions.

    Faith, support, and prayer are three of the most useful tools you will need in this time. There are a lot of resources one can obtain when faced with a situation such as this, with no financial means. My husband was laid off during this recent scare and myself, self-employed building my business with no funds coming in, and homeless living with my sister-in-law in a one-bedroom extended stay hotel. (6 people @ the Budget Suites of America)

    Both times our family was on medical assistance. I'm not sure where the Petersons reside but while in the hospital talk to a social worker and ask about the resources that are available to them.

    We were fortunate to have gas reimbursement, which helped with food for my husband and I because the hospital we were at with our youngest they discontinued the food allowance program. However, this may be an option for the Petersons.

    Small resources like that will help and it will add up which will help in some way. I hope this bit of information will serve as some sort of help to the Petersons. Many blessings from Texas, you’re in our prayers!

  7. Oh goodness, this is just horrible. I will be praying for them and I certainly will make a donation!


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