Alice came into our lives 16 years ago when my son married her mom . . . and life has never been the same . . . she is a self-proclaimed ‘dork’ . . . although I don’t think so . . . but she’s not afraid to be goofy in an effort to make people around her laugh. She likes all kinds of music but especially country; Alice is somewhat of a daredevil in that she loves fast cars, 4-wheeling, roller coasters and wants to skydive some day . . . all of which makes me cringe . . . but I have to say that I admire her adventurous spirit. She is fiercely independent and strong-willed, loves her boyfriend, John and her family.
Alice has Cystic Fibrosis and at the moment is in an ICU unit sedated and hooked to machines in an effort to save her life; the plan is to get her through this crisis and place her on the list for a heart/lung transplant. Her tenacious and strong-willed spirit serves her well now and she’s giving it everything she’s got.
I don’t write about my family much on the blog because while blogging certainly is public, I am somewhat a private person; and while I made the decision to share The Professor’s and my life here, my family did not so I am careful about what I post and always ask permission before I share anything about their lives . . .
I have been given permission to ask for your prayers, your good thoughts – whatever and whoever you believe in or don’t – it doesn’t matter – your good wishes, your good energy on her behalf is welcomed and appreciated . . . and in fact, when told that so many people are praying for her, eyes closed, machine breathing for her, Alice gives a ‘thumbs up’ sign . . .
It has been a very long 3 days . . . none of us has slept much; we sit on the sidelines and watch . . . each of us wishing we could take Alice’s place . . . to be able to make it better . . . to change the situation somehow . . . but we cannot. Instead, our job is to support Alice in whatever way we can and to trust . . . that no matter the outcome, Alice will be ok . . . we will be ok . . . sometimes I believe this is the most difficult challenge of all . . .