Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Support Means Support

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.


Lauren in GA said...

I am so glad that that happened. You deserve support...and I know you will pay it forward someday. Maybe not in the same exact way but you serve others all of the time.

Anonymous said...

it looks like you and I don't need different friends after all. We will be there for you through thick and thin because we know that you would do the same for us. Too bad thinks are SO thick right now.

Garn said...

I have been following your blog since my cousin introduced it to me. Your Averi is in our prayers.

I appreciate your example as we enter into this world of Down syndrome. It is support for me so thank you!

Stephanie said...

I'm crying Tiff. I am so glad that you have a wonderful support group and are able to connect with people who understand a little better than others. We love you guys and keep you in our prayers everyday.