Monday, October 8, 2007

OREGON FAMILY ON EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION LAST NIGHT. . .reminds us to be thankful for every breath of life we are given.

I watched Extreme Makeover Home edition last night. I generally find the show too emotional, but because they featured a Corvallis Oregon family, I decided to tune in. The family included a 8-year-old girl whose cancer came back after it had been in remission. They lived in a fixer- upper that had mold growing in it, a broken dishwasher, walls crumbling, and due to the little girl's illness they were not able to fix the house up as originally planned, so the Home Makeover crew came to the rescue.
They tore down the old house and built the family a brand new, environmentally friendly home which lets in lots of natural light to help the little girl stay healthy. The sweet little girl with her shaved head said she prays a lot and is so grateful for her new home, which included a pink bedroom with mannequins that she could dress with wigs.
Even in the midst of her suffering, she reaches out to other children and adults with cancer by giving them stuffed bears.
I cannot imagine having a child with cancer or any illness like that. It reminds me once again that everyday we should give thanks for our very breath, the ability to walk, talk, read, see, hear, taste, hug our child. Pray. Don't wait till a tragedy to appreciate the little things in life, which become gigantic in the midst of suffering.

Cornelia Seigneur aka Nellie
http://www.writermom.net/
www.myspace.com/corneliaseigneur http://www.writermom5kids.blogspot.com/

2 comments:

CableMonkey said...

Thanks for the nice words, but it is not a Brain Tumor, Jenessa was diagnosed with a very rare childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

You can read more about her here:
http://www.jenessabyers.com/

-David Blaylock

Cornelia Becker Seigneur said...

Hi David - thanks for writing and my apologies for not getting the illness correct. I have made the changes on the blog as well as my MySpace blog -

All the best fo your family.

Cornelia

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