This one is tough.
Back in 2016, through @ladybug.house, I met Gienna. Gienna is the mom of two beautiful girls, one named Ahmie. Ahmie passed away on June 14th, 2015. As a parent, Gienna’s story absolutely crushed me. I remember thinking how much I took for granted the smallest life frustrations about having children—but not worrying that it would affect me for the rest of my life. This mom was exhausted, and frustrated, and overwhelmed...just as any mom of a teenager would be. But, simply wishing her child would “just go to sleep” were the last words she was able to speak to her daughter. Pediatric hospice is not just about serving children. It is about giving families dignity. Giving mom the chance to take off her nurse/maid/chef/chauffeur/juggler hats off and just be MOM. Where parents are able to take a shower in peace without worrying if their child will take their final breath and they won’t be with them to hold their hand. Where dad can go to work without feeling guilty for not being able to take yet another off. So mom isn’t haunted years later for being an ordinary mom for just one moment. These families need us. Make some noise. #beLOUDER