Oh, my goodness...I forgot about St. Gerard! When I was little my mother always got the magazine. I loved to read the stories and 'feel the love' in the articles.
My daughter is 36 and has been married for 3 years. She lost an ovary at 13 and has had severe endometriosis all her life with much pain. She and her husband saw a wonderful doctor about 6 months ago who said they had a 'less than 1% chance' of conceiving on their own. The wonder was that the doctor told them without asking their views on God/religion that they could do 'their part,' the doctors could do theirs, but in the end, if God wants them to have a baby, they will! They were so happy that he had that attitude! They went through a round of IVF for the last 6 weeks after surgery to get a lot of scar tissue out of her uterus....so much pain and suffering for 2 wonderful people! The doctor got 2 eggs and was thrilled...he'd told them he only expected to get one. Sadly, neither was fertilized. They are devastated and can't afford another go-round.
I lost my husband on Dec. 29th last year and my father on Nov. 28th of this year. I did SO hope that God would send new life to our family, but the answer, at least right now, is no. I will pray to St. Gerard....and I know my mother will! Today is her 91st birthday and our family has always said she 'has a direct line to heaven!'
All in good time...and with the help of my friends.
Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.
SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.
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