Posted by: cg00n | November 13, 2008

Being grateful

I was so inspired by Hannah’s story that I just had to share it with you.  This girl had leukemia at the age of 5.  Her chemotherapy treatments resulted in heart damage and now, at the age of 13, she is faced with the choice between a heart transplant or probable death within a few years.

The last few months have been hard work as I try to come to terms with a reduced life expectancy.  Hannah had managed this by the age of 12.  That is truly wisdom beyond her years.  I can only say that I am very grateful for my 50 odd years of comparitively healthy existence.  With any luck both Hannah and I will outlive the prognostications.



  1. I have worked with children who were dying, and children whose lives were very unhappy due to abuse and neglect. Ultimately I decided the gift of being loved and valued, however short a life, was the most important. It was hard to find the good in some situations involving a child with a longer life, but one filled with emotional and sometimes physical pain.

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