Hi Tracy & Charles
I just wanted to Thank You both again for the basket of food today and the upcoming hay. I am still stunned and sitting here in disbelief. My daughter Sarah cried when she saw the food hamper and I told her that some hay was coming. Tom snuck the chocolate cookies from the hamper and told me that there were his secret stash for when he has a hypo and needs sugar to bring him up. It was like you had given him gold. Steven can’t believe that we are getting help.
I think we are so used to every week being a battle for so long now that you forget how much you are really struggling. We were both raised that no matter how bad you have it there is always someone worse off. This is a lot of the reason why we have never asked for help. We just keep smiling and doing what we can to get through. Lately it has been selling off bits of furniture, livestock, some of our chooks and ducks and our pet birds which used to breed and provide a little supplement income occasionally. We have each other and our kids.
Every morning when I wake up and realise that Tom has made it through another night I feel blessed. There are families that lose their Type 1 kids overnight to hypos in their sleep and as a parent of a type 1 kid this is your biggest fear. The struggles we go through seem like nothing compared to the families losing their children to illness. This past month has meant another 2 surgeries for Tom and then this week brought his diagnosis of his Bowel Disease. I was struggling this week to keep smiling. You brought us today such hope and you have restored my faith that we can overcome this battle and make it to the other side. Sarah knew that I had paid bills this week so there would be no food shopping except essentials like toilet paper, milk etc…. She saw the basket of food and rummaged through declaring all the meals we can make. I know that there are families out there worse off than us and there always will be. We have each other and today we have new faith in being able to keep going, one day at a time.
I cannot thank you both enough, for listening, understanding, helping but more importantly not judging us. I have learnt today that it is OK to ask for help and that sometimes you meet angels that answer your unsaid prayers.