Day 35 — Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

A family member is suddenly confronted with fighting a disease
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Screen shot of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website

I have a very large, extended family. My mother is one of seven children and my dad’s parents each had many siblings. Growing up every family event and celebration was full of aunts and uncles and cousins and laughter and noise.

I recently found out that a member of my extended family, who is the exact same age as me, was diagnosed with leukemia. She hadn’t been feeling well, made and appointment to see her doctor and ended up in the hospital for several weeks. She was suddenly confronted with having to fight a disease she hadn’t even know she had.

That alone is enough to make my heart ache, but add on to that the fact that there are two little girls at home, and my heart simply breaks. I can’t imagine how much it upends a child’s world when a parent is suddenly hospitalized for an extended period of time. In this case, at least there are family members who can rally around and offer support to the children and to my family member as she battles this disease.

For today’s act of kindness I am making a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her honor. I will also be sending a package to her little girls with some quiet activities and fun things they can do on their own while Mom rests. Family connections extend beyond time and state lines. I don’t live in the same state as my family anymore, and I haven’t seen her in a while, but that doesn’t mean I can’t show up in some way to offer support.

Learn more about the reason behind Maureen's 43 days of kindness blog idea here.

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