There was nothing like Jay’s HOPE when our family was in the midst of Heather’s fight. For As the years have passed, I have felt the need to give back, to volunteer, to love those precious children and their families and to just be there for anything when I’m needed.
I have heard the saying ..”You don’t miss what you never had”…Well, I’ve seen just a small portion of what Jay’s HOPE does. I can say, “Yes, I sure did miss that”. Many nights, I could have used somebody who “Gets It” when I thought I was going crazy. I missed the emotional support. I missed the spiritual support. I missed having somebody say “Can I pray with you?” Heather and I missed the social events that Jay’s Hope offers their families, which are my favorite. Cancer Moms have a special bond, as I’m sure Chemo Kids have with each other too. I missed not having to worry if Ronnie was going to eat a decent meal before he went to work at night. You DO miss what you never had.
I never dreamed that one day my child would be going through brain surgery, chemo, radiation, counts, chicken pox in the middle of treatment, cataracs, countless MRI’s over the years, a Make-a-Wish trip, seizures, pills, needle sticks over and over and over, and would loose that gorgeous head of thick, dark, long wavy hair that I never would cut…and never grew back the way it was before.