I can hardly believe it! It is my one year anniversary with my Strawberries Forever blog! I started this blog after the first one: I Am Not Sick Boy, became too difficult to handle. I started that one to honor my son, Alex. I thought that I would be writing a book about his life and our experiences trudging through the antiquated medical system to find him the answers to his many chronic illnesses that he was born with. Along the way, I thought that I could help some families that face some of the hardships that we had, the misdiagnoses, misunderstandings, discouragement, the solitude, and pain that comes with wanting the best outcome for your child. There is a huge learning curve when you find yourself in this brand new world of a child’s illness.
Before long I learned the true reason that I was here on WordPress. I missed my favorite pen and it missed me. Beginning to write again was as if I was taking my first deep breaths in years. It filled my soul, and gladdened my heart. I was trying new things like Ronovan’s weekly Haiku challenge, Colleen’s Wednesday Quotes and Cee’s Photo challenges. Soon I could not deny that a new space was needed for all of my insights and challenges, and leave the first one for it’s intended cause, medical issues. I found that what I had to say mattered to many people. There are children with rare diseases, common diseases that are rarely diagnosed, fatal illnesses, and lifelong, painful ones that families need answers for. I am their advocate.
I want to thank all of my followers for being here for me and remaining patient while I get my new nonprofit up and running. It is called: Making Change For Children, and I am hoping for a big launch in November! It has certainly been taking much of my time, but it is the most exciting thing I have ever done. My website should be up soon. Here is a pic of my one year anniversary award from WordPress: