My tour up at Seattle Children’s Hospital was eye opening. When I was younger, our family friends had a little girl who spent several months up there. My mom took my sister and I up to visit her. Being so young, I never realized what Scott and Nancy were going through as parents, watching their little girl go through the medical treatments.
One of my friends in 8th grade was in a horrific accident on her farm. (Her dad had been my 6th grade teacher.) Cheryl had been asking to see two friends, me being one of them. I was older and more aware of what was going on with her. It was actually scary for me to see her in the rotating bed and seeing her broken body. We had a good visit, but I will never ever forget that visit. Cheryl’s accident put her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. I was proud to help her at our high school graduation, get her comfortable behind me.
These are just two stories that have touched my life when I was a kid. A few years ago, I was on the leadership team at my local MOPS group. One of our team members was pregnant with their 3rd child. Little Hudson lived a short 5 months, his entire life was spent at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Watching Natalie’s strength amazed me. At Hudson’s funeral I bawled. I put myself in Natalie’s place and honestly do not know how I could go through what they had just gone through. I know our faith has kept her family going.
Three separate stories of kids in the fight of their lives while at Seattle Children’s Hospital. When I toured the hospital, Kira explained most of the 250 beds were always full. They are in Phase 1 of adding on to the hospital which will add another 80 beds! It is so sad there is a need for more.
I shared the story of Allison and her fight while she was at SCH. If you missed her story, you can read it here.
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Disclosure: I am part of the MiracleMoms program and receive compensation for my participation in this program. All thoughts and opinions reflected in this post are my own.