Tonight was our monthly DS New Parent Support Group meeting. Honestly, I didn’t really want to go because I hate having to tell people about Averi and I didn’t want to have another reason why she is behind the other kids in the group. Luckily I pulled myself together and we went.
At the beginning of each meeting we usually go around the room and tell everyone the last months update on our kids. As it got close to being our turn I realized that Dan wasn’t sitting next to me but was in fact standing by the cookies eating. I panicked. I didn’t want to have to be the one to tell everyone that my daughter was getting ready to start chemo. I finally got his attention and he came over just in time.
As he started explaining our situation I found myself getting emotional. This is a group of people that could very easily be in our shoes. These are people that know what it feels like to have a truly sick child. These are people who are my friends!
Then, to my astonishment, they brought us bags and baskets filled with gifts – subway gift cards, pampering supplies, books for Kaili, toys for Averi. I should have known better. This was exactly where I needed to be tonight. I felt such an outpouring of love and support and true empathy.
I am so, so grateful for the support that we have received from so many people and I only pray that I will one day be able to pay it forward.