Friday, September 7, 2012

The Things That Break Your Heart

Seems like life is filled with things that absolutely break your heart.  I find myself all the time reading a story with my eyes filled with tears.  While I know life is filled with precious, wonderful, beautiful stories filled with happiness, there is just so much sadness out there.  

Most recently, I've come across several stories of children with just horrible, terrible diseases that mean they will likely never make it beyond childhood.  A sweet baby in my area has Miller-Dieker Syndrome, something I know very little about beyond my Google searches, and her parents don't know how long she'll be with them.  I just can't even imagine.  How do you live with that?  I know that these wonderful parents have to find a way to treasure each moment and still live, but I get so choked up just thinking about the pain they have to deal with day in and day out.  

I guess I don't want to dwell too much more on this, but it has been on my mind a lot and I wanted to get it down on "paper."  I guess the other side of it is that, while I'm generally an optimistic person, I can't help but be fearful thinking that something devastating could hit my family, too.  Obviously that is no way to live, but I guess fear of what could happen is part of being a parent (and life in general).