Hoping for Milk

April 8, 2014 at 9:48 am | Posted in after death?, Grief, life after loss, Love | 8 Comments
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Some days it is harder than others to find hope.

After Jake was born at 26 weeks with hydrops, I hoped he would be among the 30% of babies who survive these enormous obstacles.  There was no miracle.

The horrible night we brought Sawyer to the emergency room, I hoped for the miracle that it would all be an awful mistake.  There was no miracle.

I hoped for a miracle that would cure the cancer that Evan’s mom had or at least give her back the life she had. There was no miracle.

On Friday a close family friend lost his valiant battle with brain cancer.  In case I have not mentioned it before I hate cancer!!  His family along with all of us who loved him hoped he would win this battle.  He did not.

When there is no more hope for our loved ones to remain with us we often shift to hoping to prevent that anyone else should have to go through this horrible journey.  So, his family has formed a team, Everybody Needs Milk, in the Race for Hope DC.  I hope that one day soon a cure for cancer is found.

This is a telephone pole at the end of my neighborhood running route.   It is a reminder to me that there is hope everywhere (just sometimes we have to look for it harder than others).



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  1. I’m so sorry about your friend. I do like the hope graffiti.

  2. Please pass my condolences along to the Milk family. Never lose hope. I love that your run ends with those words. A long time ago Tess drew the word “hope” with a little smiley face, it is taped right above my computer and I look at it now as I write this. Sending you love…and hope.

  3. Always sending you hope. And love.

  4. Thinking of you and your friends.

  5. So sorry to hear about the loss of a friend due to cancer. Right now we have two close friends who are both dealing with it–and bottom line is they are too young to be having to go through it. But looking deeper about always having hope is something that seems a necessity–and I like to think–makes a difference, no matter what the final outcome.

  6. Reblogged this on Dealing with My Grief and commented:
    I think most of us grieving mother(&fathers) can relate to the hope you have when your child is born with a challenge, many of us desperately hope ours will be that miracle baby that survives and beats it. I think it is great that this family is going to participate in the race for hope. We all need to do out part. I am running for team Still life Canada http://still-lifecanada.ca/01/ in the Vancouver Sun run for the 1rst time this year. Please support me here.

    Last year I did the BCCH Child RUN to fight childhood cancer… I wish everyone would/could support these causes without having to experience one first….

  7. […] you for showing me hope on days that are especially hard to find it.  I found another “hope” telephone pole on my running route […]

  8. […] On my running route I have discovered a few signs of hope.  One time I saw this one: […]

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