If you are from the area you might remember a story last April about a 4-year-old boy collapsing on his soccer league field. He was dead before anyone could begin to revive him, though they tried. Turned out he had a rare heat condition.
The mother of this boy was my friend's son's teacher. She immediately took her 9-month-old daughter in to get checked for the same condition. Sadly, they found she did have it. They put her on the waiting list for a heart transplant and began their wait. When no heart was available by this January, they decided to put in a defibrillator in the event that her heart gave out as well. There were complications and she died in March.
I do not generally like focusing on such sad stories, but this one in particular hit close to home - physically and emotionally. I have a son who is not much younger than hers was when he passed, and we are about to add a daughter to our family as well. It's such a horrible story. I cannot imagine losing one child, let alone two within a year of each other. No parent should have to endure that kind of loss.
I was finally able to brave through her blog this past Friday. My weekend was filled with lots of Aiden-hugs-and-kisses. I definitely have had more patience for him since I got through that heartbreaking story. If you are interested in reading more about her story, check out her blog: