Cards for Kaitie

October 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm (Uncategorized)

One of the most frustrating things in parenting is feeling helpless. Parenting a child with a chronic illness is an exercise in this sort of futility. So frequently there is very little to be done to ease your child’s suffering, beyond simply being there with them.

Our daughter, Kaitie, is fourteen, a freshman in high school. Remember those days. Friends are so important. The world is filled with ideals. You are so sure about everything—and yet so unsure about so much as well. Now add in that chronic illness, which has kept you out of school for most of the first few months, when new friendships are formed, when boys are asking girls to their first Homecoming Dance, when you bond over the share experience of learning a new school. Kaitie’s now missed all but two weeks of her freshman year so far. It’s that which is discouraging her, even more than the illness that is causing it.

I won’t go into all the details of Cystic Fibrosis or her latest battle with it (although I’m happy to share the story if you’d like to hear it). Right now, I’d just like to ask a favor, parent-to-parent, person-to-person. In addition to the prayers, warm thoughts and positive energy you all are sending her way, would you take just a few minutes to reach out to her in a more tangible way? Send her a card, a postcard, a note… just something small to help keep her spirits up while her body works so hard to get her back into fighting shape:

Kaitie Gallagher
PO Box 669
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Thanks so much for your support and friendship—and for helping this mom feel a little less helpless!

~ Cathy Gallagher

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