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A Little Princess (Part Three): Bitsy's Story.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, January 21, 2010

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An update on Bitsy St. Clair, written by her father, Wilbur. Bitsy has cystic fibrosis.

Hello!  My name is Wilbur Jon St. Clair.  I live with my family in Palo Alto, California.  We did live in Pasadena originally, but the air was too hard on our youngest child, so we had no choice but to move.

I am married to Barthe, one of the most amazing women I have ever known.  We have three beautiful girls:  Evanescence Michelle (13 1/2), Happiness Rose (11 1/2), and our youngest, Elizabeth Maureen (8 1/2), whom is known by most people as "Bitsy".  I am a stockbroker and my wife is a stay-at-home mom and homeschool instructer (for Bitsy only; the other two girls go to public school).

Our youngest daughter has cystic fibrosis.  She was born with it.  Because of this, Bitsy is often in and out of the hospital for one thing or another:  another round of pneumonia, or another infection that regular medications can't seem to touch.  She is on oxygen because her breathing has gotten so bad. 

It's really disconcerting to hear her cough to try to expell the extra mucus that's accumilated in her lungs, and every day, for two hours, three times a day, someone has to do physiotherapy on her (which promotes coughing).  It's a trial, but we do this in order to keep her alive, to keep her from strangling to death.

Bitsy wasn't expected to live to the age of five.  She's going to be nine this year, in May.  That she's been given this length of time of being alive is nothing short of miraculous; I honestly think that God has plans for this child.  She is a gift; all of my daughters are, but Bitsy holds a special place in my heart, and it's not just because she's younger or the fact that I am her daddy.

Like most girls her age, Bitsy loves horses, or listening to people like the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana (aka Miley Cyrus), and the Naked Brothers Band; she also loves anything pink and talking on the phone with friends, who often come over to see her when she is well or not in the hospital.  She is a champion giggler, and she has proven to be a very good little artist.  She absolutely loves to draw, paint, or create things.

We would send Bitsy to school along with her two sisters, but her health is too precarious, especially with the recent swine flu scare we had.  Thank God she didn't get it (Evanescence did, though; she was pretty sick).  If Bitsy had gotten the swine flu (or even the regular flu), it probably would have done her in, since her health is already so fragile.  So for this reason, she has school at home, where my wife (her mom) is her teacher.

Bitsy is very good at taking her medications.  If we forget, she reminds us, and then we give them to her.  She takes a whole plethora of pills, as many as twenty/thirty a day.  I know they have terrible side effects:  she's shorter than most kids her age, her teeth are rotting out, and she has the "shakes":  she shakes uncontrollably.  It is embarrassing for her, but Bitsy is a trouper:  she takes it in stride and tries to go on with her life the best way she possibly can.

Well, it's about time to get Happy and Evanescence up so they can get ready for school (plus have their breakfast), and get Bitsy up, so she can have HER schooling.  I will go now; either Barthe or I will write in here again soon with another update on our family.  Until then, this is Wilbur signing off!  Take care and God bless!

~Wilbur St. Clair.

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/22/2010
Very nicely updated, Karen.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/22/2010
How amazing it is that children cope with illness with a fortitude greater than any adult could. Perhaps because they have not yet lost innocence?


Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 1/21/2010
What a great dad! Another wonderfful story Karen
Thanks, Cindy
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/21/2010
Cystic Fibrosis is such a hearbreaking condition, if you havent yet, you should look for an older book that was written in the eighties called Robins book, it is a young girls write about her stuggle with Cystic Fibrosis
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/21/2010
A beautiful write, Karen, of overcoming devastating health concerns. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/21/2010
She is a gift; all of my daughters are, but Bitsy holds a special place in my heart

Truly heartfelt.
Reviewed by kg cummings 1/21/2010
it's amazing how the human spirit overcomes hardships to press on with life. Your stories always inspire to keep faith and keep going. Hugs from Florida, Kathy

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