|1.||a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.|
My sister-in-law is a loving compassionate person, whom I admire. Recently she went to help a friend who is fighting cancer. Her plan was to arrive, with another mutual friend and do what ever needed to be done to help this family heal. What she found breaks my heart, I'm not sure I even know how to react to it.
A mother depressed and having severe side effects to chemo manifesting as a traumatic brain injury. At times she doesn't know who you are or have any short term memory. Two beautiful girls, one 3 and desperately wanting her mother, not understanding why she is different and one 3 months old being passed from care giver to care giver who's mother doesn't have the capacity to mother her now. And finally a husband just trying to keep it together.
My sister-in-law and her friend jumped in with both feet and calling themselves "fairy god mothers" took care of their friends children to the best of their ability. Loving them as fierce and hard as they could for a short time frame. When it was time to leave and return to their own children they were both heart broken and devastated to leave them.
Wanting their love and energy to remain with the girls she opened an opportunity for me to help this beautiful family heal. She asked if I would make fairy god mother dolls of her and her friend for the girls, similar to the 'Aunt Julie & Uncle Cary' dolls I made for my nephews.
I'm waiting for head shots from my sister-in-law. When they are finished I will post a photo.
It's a small contribution, hopefully it helps.
In the mean time I am loving on my son as much as possible and being grateful for my health every second of the day.