I thought 2001 was a bad year, so far 2002 isn't looking much better.
January has been a month of plagues for me. It seems like from day one I've been dealing with some sort of a problem. I find myself wondering each morning when I get out of bed what I will be faced with next.
Each day has been a challenge. But fortunately I've made it through each day, with the grace of God and the support of my family.
But when I put things in perspective actually I don't have things so bad. I have two beautiful healthy children.
I cannot imagine what parents must go through that are dealing with some tragic disease their child is plagued with.
Or a child that has just been orphaned because his or her parents died as a result of some horrible incident.
Children are innocent, they shouldn't be exposed to the ugliness of the world. But they are.
You read about it in the paper everyday. In the headlines there is always some tragedy that is being reported. Just pick up a paper.
Life can be very cruel.
Sometimes we are dealt a hand that just brings us pure misery. If we're lucky we get through those times. But sometimes it just doesn't work like that. There are those who have to face life and death situations.
These decisions can include taking an ill child off of life support. Others are faced with putting mom or dad in a nursing home because of declining health and because they can no longer take care of them.
Many are forced into making decisions knowing their lives will never be the same again. Life without a child or a parent is harsh.
But these are all the realities of life. I've wondered how parents can keep going after the death of a child. But life goes on.
My heart and my thoughts go out to those who have to struggle with these heart-wrenching decisions.
My prayers go out to those that are sick.