Thursday, September 6, 2012

Helping Patients Healing Families

It is tough.  Having a child with special needs is.  Knowing that their life on this earth will be shorter than yours as a parent is overwhelming. 

Below is the link to a recent presentation I gave in Paducah, KY.

I had the privilege of sharing our story and giving insight to the lives of families with children with chronic illness at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on August 20th.  I was overwhelmed with the interest, attendance, caring and concern of the students.  Many of them were nursing students and staff, or students working toward other degrees, perhaps in social work or psychology.  My first audience contained community members, staff and some students.  There were around 60 there, it was nice to speak to them, and many had really great questions.  The second speaking event had community members, friends, staff and students, I estimated around 200 in attendance.  I was encouraged again by the kind attention and insightful questions asked.  I always say there is no question that is "off limits."  I received a standing ovation at the end of that presentation.  My heart was overwhelmed with joy--for my beautiful child and precious family that have walked the journey and carried me with them.  I AM SO BLESSED.  Caleb continues to touch the lives of families walking similar paths, impacting the hearts of parents, influencing the care of future health professionals.  His life continues to bless me, every day, to live life with LOVE at the center.