This has been an incredibly long journey for Seth and also for us. It’s not over yet but hopefully the worst is well behind us. We really could not have made it through this ordeal without the vast network of family, friends and colleagues who helped us along the way.
The list is too long and varied to thank everybody individually, and the names probably won’t mean anything to those who might read this blog in the future and are going through a similar situation. What will hopefully resonate are the acts of kindness and offers of help without which I have no idea how we would have made it through. So, to all of the below, from Seth and from us THANK YOU. (You know who you are).
We are so grateful and thankful to those who:
Looked after our children
Walked and fed the dog
Stayed overnight to help with early mornings
Ferried children to swimming lessons and other clubs
Visited Seth in hospital
Visited us in hospital
Created this blog site
Covered at work for us
Brought us many homemade meals
Understood and made allowances for what we as a family were going through
Texted/phoned and emailed support
Showed flexibility in arrangements and working hours
Bought Seth presents
Bought the other children presents
Offered their help even though we didn’t take you up on it (the offer is still appreciated)
Organised money making events
Prayed for us
Were there for us all
Seth is doing amazingly. He’s put all of this behind him and is getting on with life, the way he should.
I heard the following words, they were written by Stephen King. I think this sums up our journey:
We did not ask for this room or this music; we were invited in.
Therefore, because the dark surrounds us,
Let us turn our faces toward the light.
Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty.
We have been given pain to be astounded by joy.
We have been given life to deny death.
We did not ask for this room or this music.
But because we are here, let us dance.
Portofelice Camping Village, Eraclea Mare, nr Venice, Italy (yes, we made it on holiday!!!)