We have been blessed by an donor that doesn't want to be known several times the past few months. Today I was really down. Our recent fundraiser that we rely on for several months worth of care didn't work out this year. I have been trying to be faithful and trust God to take care of it, but sometimes that is hard. Then I get an email that someone has blessed us with a financial gift that will cover EVERYTHING I need to get for the girls right now. EVERYTHING!! Even their expensive probiotics and CBD products.
Whoever you are. THANK YOU!! You are a gift. You have renewed my hope and faith and have given me the push to keep going. God will make a way, even when I don't see one. <3
I want to share with you a couple of recent joys in our home, made possible by your generous donations.
First, both of the older girls have an issue with yeast. This causes their skin to become flaky, they break out more, their head burn and itches and they lose their hair. These can be quite traumatic for any teenager, and more so when they get added to an already long list of 'issues' and symptoms. Paige has bad a worse time the past couple months, after we started another medication for her. Looking for answers, she began researching more all natural products and found a product we haven't tried before. They offer hair and skin care products. They are quite pricey and we usually wouldn't be able to afford them. But, since your donations covered our last appointment and medicine needs, we were able to order a shampoo and conditioner for Paige.
Saturday, Paige was near tears due to her head being on fire and itching. We had her do a salt bath, to help with detox, and then Samantha washed her hair for her. She came out of the bathroom crying, saying her head has never felt this good and her hair was so soft and beautiful. She has used the shampoo twice now and says it is AMAZING. Not only has it helped with the burning and itching, it doesn't leave her hair feeling stripped and her hair seems to feel cleaner. It makes my heart happy to see her smile and feel good about her hair, not only is the itching and burning gone, but her hair looks so healthy. When you don't feel good on the inside, sometimes taking a shower and looking good on the outside can make all the difference
Our second joy happened last week. Both of the girls are tall with long legs, but weight under 100 lbs. Finding jeans to fit them has been a real challenge the past couple of years. We have had to get them jeans that fit everywhere but are too short, we just haven't found ones that fit both the waist and the length. That is ok when it isn't real cold, they just cuff the pants and they are fine, but during the winter itsn't so good. They usually have to wear boots so they go over the jeans to cover their ankles. Well, last week we were at the mall, just to get out of the house, and we saw a store had jeans on sale. We hadn't shopped there before so we weren't sure what they had. Much to our surprise, they carry size 000 in LONG!! We had the girls try them on and they fit, all over, they fit. And they are CUTE!! Usually I would have had a small heart attack at the price tag (maybe why we hadn't shopped there before), but on this day, beause of the generous donations, I was able to get the girls a couple pair of jeans. BONUS, the sales clerk gave us a coupon for a future order and free shipping! I will be able to get them each another pair or two for Christmas with this coupon.
I am sure these don't seem like big deals to many, but in our home they are HUGE! The past couple years we have been in survival mode, not able to afford much beyond immediate needs. I was so hesitant to start this campaign, as asking for money is really hard for us. But, I will admit, having it has been a huge help the past couple of months. We have not had to charge any appointments or medicine and we have had a little extra for things like jeans that fit, shampoo and a carousel ride for the younger ones at the mall.
Thank you, for helping us make this journey just a little bit easier. For allowing us the funds to not only treat the girls, but to help them feel beautiful. For letting them feel like normal teens for a little while and feeling cute in new jeans. We appreciate all of you, your prayers, your encouragement and your financial help. <3
I wanted to take a minute to thank all who have prayed for us, encouraged us and have helped us financially. I can't begin to tell you how much it all means to us. Since Chloe's diagnosis in July, our life hasn't been the same. Having three daughters with a Chronic Illness is devestating. Our emotions are still all over the place and we are just trying to get through each day.
This campaign has helped us cover the last two doctors appointments and we are so thankful for that. We haven't had to put any medicine or doctors appointments on a credit card in 3 months and that is HUGE. SO, thank you. Thank you for making at least part of this journey a little bit easier for us. We have reached our orignial goal and you may have noticed that we have increased the goal. This increase will cover our next appointment in November for all 4 of them. We appreciate your help in sharing this campaign, as the more we reach, the more we educate about Lyme and we can share our story and needs with. <3
Yesterday was an emotional day for me. Wednesday night both Chloe and Sam went down, which means I usually don't get much sleep. We woke up Thursday morning ready to take on the world for Sam's 16th birthday adventures.
However, Paige had severe intestinal pain, Samantha had hip, knee and shoulder pain and Chloe coudn't walk. And all three of them were feeling yucky. We had a choice to make, stay home and le tthem rest or continue with our plans. We decided to not let Lyme win and continued with our plans. I kept saying over and over again, Lyme won't win, Lyme won't win.
Chanting that didn't help much as we had to run in and grab meds for Sam before we even left the driveway. We got lunches and snacks packed, we got 'go bags' packed, we loaded the wheelchair and we were off. On the car ride to the art exhibit I relefected on our last few years and now hard they have been on everyone. How unfair it is that my girls can't have a normal life, that birthdays are plagued with pain and medicine. That it takes us two hours to leave the house because we need to pack safe food, medicine, medical equipment and go bags. That I always have to have someone with me in case all the girls go down at the same time I have help. I get so angry at what they have lost, at their childhood and teen years that have been stolen, it just makes me so angry! I wish I could make it all better for them. I wish I could take away their pain.
Our day was full of other trials, you can read more on our facebook page: We Support Paige and Samantha
These updates are limited on words and data, so I can't write much here, but read this full post on our facebook page, along with a video!
It is with a heavy heart that we share that our youngest daughter, Chloe (9), was diagnosed with Lyme and 2 co infections this week.
We can hardly believe it, we are just gutted by her diagnosis.
Your help is needed more than ever before. Caring for and paying for treatments for 3 girls is so overwhelming.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our girls and prayed for our family. We don't have words to express our thanks and gratitude.
The past few years have been quite a challenge for us, caring for the girls and providing for their needs. The last couple of months have gotten increasingly harder with the declining health of my husband.
The Lord has been faithful and through and throught he love, support and help from people like you, we are still managing. We still have a home and the girls still have their medicine. We have had to give up a lot and cut out tons, but we have needs, and we will forever be thankful.
Please continue to pray for us, some days I think those prayers are all that get us through the day!