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For the past few days I have been wondering what I would write about on my next blog post. I’ve decided on HOPE – whether it was from the personal roller-coaster from earlier last week, a song, TV show or Facebook post it has been the stories of hope that have reached out to me.
Here in the United States we are very lucky to have a health-care system that provides us with modern medicine and necessary technology needed to treat various health issues – many throughout the world are not so lucky. In July of 2013, I lost my Dad so when I got a call on Tuesday that my Aunt (his sister) had a heart attack I got scared, but she was at the hospital and okay. I was cool with it… she was okay. Then on Thursday while at work I got another update on her condition – she was in heart failure. It was like the floor just opened up and wanted to swallow me whole, I’m not the most outwardly emotional person but I broke down and cried. I had to find some HOPE, something to hold on to! I was being thrown back in to the emotional turmoil of my dad’s heart failure and death; I couldn’t lose another loved one so soon. I was preparing for the worst.
I had to think of the positive. My Aunt Patty is a strong and healthy woman and as I told my siblings about her latest update, I realized that I needed to focus on the good – Patty’s strength, health, love for her family, and her unfailing belief in me deserved the same belief from me. She would prevail – I was finding Hope.
During the weekend, I was reading a book and watching some TV where I was being reminded that we need hope to survive. Life is full of trials and tribulations, but it is with hope that we continue on, hope that gives us the strength to endure and survive the worst. Without hope we lose our will and the spark of our human spirit. I regained my hope for my Aunt, and with the video below, my hope and faith in our fellow man was strengthened. The video is of Big Ten Basketball star from Michigan State - Adreian Payne.
Here at Arova, we will continue with our mission to help empower others, to strengthen their hope for a better life and life for their children. Remember that to give it to receive. In helping others, we in turn will help ourselves live a richer and fuller life. Arova now has a fundraising program to help you with raise money for a cause close to you hearts, to learn more click: Fundraising Program
"Hope" is the thing with feathers - (314)by Emily Dickinson
Update: my Aunt was diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. I’m going with she missed her big-brother and suffered from “broken-heart” syndrome. She may still need an ablation.. but she is up and doing some knitting.
~ Jennifer, Intern