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Monday, October 4, 2010

Please take a moment

I just read this on one of my girls blogs - Mama Still Wear Gucci - and had to repost it. This is absolutely heart breaking. Please take a moment to read this and help if you can.

Copied From Mama Still Wears Gucci:

Oh, my Gucci babies, I've been staring at this blank screen for almost an hour trying to figure out where to start.  I don't know how to fix this; I can't fix this and I don't know how to deal with something I can't fix.

I am devastated.

I hate being helpless.  I hate seeing my loved ones hurting and struggling and being powerless to take the pain away.  I can't fix this.  I can't fix cancer.  I can't heal it.  But I can help with the struggles this family faces.  And so can you.

I've known Renee a few years.  Though I've moved out of state and we haven't seen each other in quite sometime, I just love her.  She is sweet and loyal and smart and talented and strong.  She is a giver, a fixer, a helper.  Her heart is as beautiful as her face.  She loves fiercely, she works without ceasing, and she sacrifices without complaint.

And her husband has been diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer.  He was the sole breadwinner and is now too sick to work.  We all know the state of the economy.  We all know how difficult it is to find work and to complicate things for Renee, willing as she is to do whatever she must to keep her family afloat while her husband fights for his life, she homeschools her three children, one of whom is autistic.  She's been a homemaker for so many years and when employers have the luxury of choice, as they do now, they are not interested in a woman who's been out of the workforce so long.

They have lost their house.  They are currently living in an RV in the parking lot of the hospital where her husband is being treated.  Because they have no running water, Renee and her children are going to Sassy's house, which is thankfully close by, week after week to fill buckets and jugs with fresh water.  The children are growing rapidly out of their clothes, and the clothes they do have are becoming worn with use.

Right now the hospital is generously allowing them to keep their RV in the parking lot and use their electricity, but this is a temporary solution to what is rapidly becoming a permanent problem.  And winter is coming.  Montana winters are cruel and long.

The amazing thing about Renee is, she remains hopeful.  She finds the good in the midst of this nightmare she faces.  She squares her shoulders and raises her chin in the face of this overwhelming adversity even though the stress of this situation must be almost intolerable.  She is holding her family together, taking care of her husband, teaching her children, and trying to make a home out of a travel trailer parked in a hospital parking lot while stretching six hundred dollars a month to feed and clothe a family of five.

If this was your family, or someone you dearly love... Can you imagine?

I've seen the power bloggers can generate when we band together, let's make it happen.

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