30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 2

In my early twenties I became best friends with an amazing woman.  I watched her  love and nurture her young special needs daughter making it look easy to care for her.  I had no children at the time, and no idea what motherhood was like.  I did not know how it can change you.  How you can lose your heart to a little one that grows in your body and then is born into the world.A mother lovingly looking at her baby  There is a saying, “From the moment they placed you into my arms you snuggled right into my heart.”  That is how I feel about my only child.  I know my friend feels that way about her daughter.

Right from the start the doctors told her  and her husband that their daughter would not live more than a few years.  She had severe cerebral palsy.  Some parents in that situation would  not have been able to cope with that news.  We hope to have healthy children that are able to talk, run and play.  Not children that  need special care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.special chair cp

That did not hinder my friend.  There were years her career and marriage suffered.  The physical demands wore her body down.  But, I never heard her complain about caring for her daughter.  I won’t pretend to know all that was in her heart, but  I do know her hope in God was strong.  The promise of eternal life  where her  daughter would have a healthy body kept my friend going.   I think her mother’s heart would have broken otherwise.

Year after year, along with her husband, she poured unconditional love on her daughter.  Sacrificial love that simply would not quit.  Her daughter lived almost 30 years.  When she died my friend was utterly heartbroken. In the meantime, one of the two children they adopted from overseas, battled a life threatening form of cancer.

All through those years I saw a courageous woman, an ongoing encouragement to others.  Thankfully, after all she has walked through, she is still  in the business of encouraging people.  Only now it is not just parents of handicapped children but als0 families fighting cancer, and even the people on her job as a team leader.great-strength-optimized-300x3001  We need more encouraging people like her in this world.

Oh, her pre-teen daughter, she won her fight with cancer. Is it any wonder?

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
– Arthur Ashe

In memory of Alana 1977-2006

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Many blessings,  Leslie Rose K


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on March 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Very inspiring post Leslie! We all can learn so much from people like your friend! We just need to keep our faith and know that all will be good when we placed it in the hands of our Lord.


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