Friday, September 18, 2009

What is a sick child?

I have to say that I feel very lucky when it comes to the health of my kids. Yeah, they get banged up, get colds, toothaches, stomach problems…occasionally some constipation…but never anything serious. I have even posted about me and my unhuman history of making it 41 years and never spending a night in a hospital or even breaking a bone.

Since I started blogging, I have heard some of the most horrendous stories about people’s kids being gravely ill. It is almost unimaginable for me to comprehend what they must be going through as a parent…not to mention the suffering of a child.

In real life, I don’t even know anyone (close to me) that has had a very sick child…I have experience here. The one thing that I can say is that I bet I’d be a mess. I can see myself going over the top and just plain losing it. I’d be like Denzel in that movie John Q.

Much of the time, Mariah will come up to me with a sad, heartbroken look on her face…then I’ll ask her what is wrong. She slump into a chair to tell me the horrors that some other blogging parents are going through with their sick child. I feel bad for them. But it just does not affect me the same was as it does her. Maybe it is because I have never been through or experienced first (or even second) hand what it is like. Maybe it is because I don’t know these people. Maybe it is because I am a cold son of a bitch…I don’t know. But the fact remains; I DO feel for these families and truly care about the health and well being of ALL children.

Now…one of the resident Hot Dads (AlwaysHomeandUncool) has a big date (October 2nd ) coming up that really means a lot to his family (especially Thing1) and many more people throughout the world. Read a bit about what they have been through here and here.

I encourage you all to join him in his efforts to create awareness and raise funds for Cure JM. Cure JM is a 100-percent volunteer organization that funds medical research into the cause, treatment and eventual cure of juvenile myositis, juvenile dermatomyositis and their variants. The group also offers family support opportunities to help JM children, their parents, friends and relatives cope with the disease. To date, we are more than halfway to this year's fundraising goal of $500,000, nearly all of which goes directly to JM doctors to pay for research fellowships, specialized lab equipment and fund studies.

Please do what you can and save some space on your blogs on October 2nd and make sure to even tell your real life friends and family about it. We need to get a hold on these childhood illnesses that cause so much pain!

7 Comments:

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

Im more like Mariah I tend to feel horrible when I read or hear about a child suffering..it might just be the mom in us. I think its cool that you are making us aware of this...it is time for more people to do something anything they can do to stop the suffering and start finding cures for all these diseases that are taking way too many of our loved ones away or making them live in ways none of us should have to live.

Swirl Girl said...

You are so right ... helping out even just a teeny bit can make a big difference.

nitebyrd said...

I'll make a note of it.

I felt like I accomplished something by getting my kids through to 21 without serious illness or injury. Maybe feeling smug and lucky was wrong because I was thrown for a loop when my daughter got breast cancer at 28. She's a 3 year survivor now but it was the worst thing ever.

Day said...

See... now I am crying! Thank you for informing me, I had no idea

Danielle said...

See, You are a really great guy with a big heart. Your so hard on your self sometimes. I am going to check it out right now.
Thanks

dadshouse said...

When I read that it doesn't bug you if your kids get banged up, I thought of my own 17 year old daughter, and my mind replaced "banged" with "knocked", and all hell broke loose in my head!

Missty said...

I will post about it. I get so sad as well.

I know we are so fortunate to have such healthy kids, it makes me ache for those who have to experience such heart ache.

 

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