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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

About A Month Ago . . .

Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00  by Gena P.

About a month ago, someone very close to me received a phone call from a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. My heart sank. Though this foundation is wonderful in its doings, I was not quite prepared. I found myself asking myself, “Is she really this sick?” I know she is, but no one ever wants to think the worse. This group of people wanted to grant “Mickey” a wish. It could be something she wanted or would like to do before things got worse and she was unable to enjoy it.

Apparently, the doctor of this young girl sent word that “Mickey” was quite ill. “Mickey” is 11 years old and suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Mitochondrial Disease. These diseases affect her joints, her digestive system, her heart, her muscles and skin. She often has seizures. The list goes on and on. “Mickey” can be perfectly normal one day and then the next be so weak that she cannot get out of bed. She got to the point of not being able to eat so the doctors inserted a feeding tube a few months ago. An organization that assists children arranged for her to have a wheelchair. Public school has been replaced with home school. Life that most kids her age live has become almost obsolete. “Mickey’s” life is consumed with a never-ending list of appointments to GI doctors and physical therapists to Neurologists and surgeons. This is not the life of an ordinary child.

Yet through it all, “Mickey” remains steadfast in her fight. Where depression and self-pity would consume most of us, “Mickey” continues to give it her all. On days when she is able, she loves spending time with her 5 siblings, her friends and with her dog. She loves to sing and dance and act silly. But for each good day, there are at least 3 bad days.

Though cures for both Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Mitochondrial Disease may not be in the near future, I am sure Mickey’s fight is not in vain. She knows her life will end young, but each day she is able she is living it to its fullest. Mickey’s wish, by the way, is to visit Disney World.

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