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Every Day's a Blessing
by Mark Stellinga

Friday, March 14, 2008
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We perfectly healthy ones often take a lot for granted....

 

                Every Day’s a Blessing

 
 
 
Dorothy brought the cake in as the family gathered ‘round
To celebrate a birthday on an extra-special date,
For Kelsey had a rare disease that never goes away,
In fact, it was a miracle she’d reached the age of eight!
 
When the doctor told us there was something very wrong
And if they didn’t operate that she would not survive,
We began obsessing on the way to fight the war
To keep our little princess, with the tiny flawalive!
 
We called in a specialist. I took a second job.
The cost was unbelievable, and we were far from rich.
They told us that her mind was fine, but…somewhere in her body,
Something not completely understood had caused a “glitch.”
 
Luckily, theglitchwould not affect her speech or vision,
But there was going be a lot of suffering to endure,
And we were well aware the road ahead was lined with heartaches
And many tough decisions when he said…“There is no cure!”
 
Operations…therapy…and pills were not enough
To beat the awful sickness that would persecute our child,
But we had help from everyone who met our little girl;
The nurses were her willing slaves, the doctors were beguiled.
 
Those who get to know her are inspired by things she says.
The doctors often tell us that she actually gives them hope,
Surprised to see the attitude she has about her sickness
Despite the constant challenges with which she has to cope!
 
That’s the way it is whenever Kelsey’s in the crowd.
She laughs and smiles incessantly, though plagued with constant pain.
And many come to understand how fortunate they are,
And tend to reexamine things about which they complain!
 
Her different way of seeing things is truly quite unique.
Adversity is something that she lives with every day,
And working hard to help her have the best life that she can
Is worth the extra effort and the price we have to pay.
 
I only wish you knew her…she’s the sweetest little girl…
But, trust me…I’m not saying that just because she’s mine,
And I can guarantee you there’ll be quite a celebration

The day that darling Kelsey reaches…birthday number nine!

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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/14/2008
You are all so truly blessed to have such a wonderfully spirited little girl. She is not only brave, but very smart and and internal will to help her face all that lies ahead. She is bless to have you by her side with undying love and support. She sounds so beautiful, one touched by God himself. God bless....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/14/2008
As one who has health issues/physical disabilities myself (I wasn't expected to live the day when born almost forty nine years ago, and I nearly died in Nov. 06), this one truly touched me. Yes, people don't know what they have until they get sick or become disabled. TRUST me. Beautiful write of courage and hope in the face of adversity!! I pray little Kelsey will continue to do well!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Saving this to remind myself of how blessed I truly am when others have it so much worse!!
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 3/14/2008
Mark,
I, too, have some health issues as a child, my parents worked multiple jobs to pay for hospitalizations, etc. and for a time, there was much struggle. Yet, those days, while difficult, helped me to grow and served to make me who I am, today. I've no doubt Kelsey is one strong little girl and I pray she will continue to make the most of the challenges this life has handed her.

Best wishes to your family and thanks for sharing Kelsey's story through your words,

Jill
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