I seem to have a hard time talking too much about my personal life here. I suppose that's what a blog is supposed to be about but I always try to walk a line between what I "think" everyone wants to hear and what I may be feeling, struggling with, rejoicing in at any given time. I'm trying to get a little better at it. . .
And along those lines, I have never used this blog to promote any certain cause but something has become a big part of my family's life in the past two years and I wanted to share it with you - as I KNOW it also a big part of many of your families as well.
Ironically enough, several years ago one of our kit members sent me a note asking for support for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation in honor of her young daughter who struggled with the disease. I obliged and for many years have received emails and updates from the foundation. Until that point, I had never heard of the disease. Fast forward to 2010 and Crohns became something my entire family was talking about, researching and praying over as my sweet nephew was diagnosed with a severe case of the disease.
Noah and Hayden are only 3 months apart, and although we have always lived 12 hours away, they have always been close. And as you can see, below, Hayden has NO personality. . .
Here's another photo taken this same year (2010) - the hair is getting longer, and longer and seems. . .
And here he is again that same year at Christmas - a Christmas he spent in the hospital trying to get over a particularly bad flare up (having lost a good bit of weight) . . .
Good thing his cousin was there to entertain him . . .
And here he is now - still has the hair and still struggling to get this disease under control. In the last few months he has started another treatment process that seems to be having some good results - we are all hopeful that this will put him in remission. We so love him - he is such a positive kid to be around. Always the jokester and always the one to make YOU feel better.
So here is my gentle plea! My brother and my sister are running in the half marathon in Vegas in honor of Hayden the first of week of December and are trying to meet their sponsorship goal. If you feel so led, you can click here to go to their pledge page and donate. Any amount matters. I now have the link on my sidebar as well.
Thanks! And prayers to all who are dealing with this disease in their families as well -