My immediate family (husband, daughter and I) have been going through some tough times with my daughter being sick. There have been many times that I felt I didn't have the strength or the energy to go on...there has been many, many ups and downs. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have my family to count on...two sisters, two brother-in-laws, my father and my mother and father-in-law. Our family is not very large, but we are very strong and we do love each other, all of us, very much. There have been some days that all I needed to do was pick-up the phone and have a conversation of hope, faith and strength with one of my family members, and it literally got me through the day. When we needed the research to find out what was what, my family was there, (and I found out how smart they all are) and if we worked together, as a team, how much we could accomplish and create a plan that would get my husband, daughter and myself through it all. When we needed support, my family was there...when we needed hope...they were there...when we needed humor...they were there and so much more. Without them, we would of not been able to carry on, each one has inspired me in one way or another and have been my inspiration. I am lucky to have the family that I do. They inspire me daily to move on and to challenge myself to what ever is standing in my way, whether it is a health matter or a personal dream or goal. They are the best! I am the luckiest person in the world!! What I learned: That family does come first, reaching out to your family tightens your family circle, hope, love, faith and strength are necessities in life no matter your circumstance. What we shared: Strengthening our family bond, the importance of family, humor is always welcomed - especially during tough times and how lucky each and everyone of us is to have each other.
If you have a family member that you haven't talked to in a while because of some issue or other problem, I challenge you to reach out and grow your family bond. You might each be the inspiration you need to get by. If you are lucky enough to have a family like mine, I am thrilled, you must be inspired daily! All the best to you, Dyan