The past few week has been rough, hence the lack of blog posts. I thankfully only had one actual final and was able to finish any other papers and projects early so that I could drive home Monday night. I couldn't wait to come home and start the holiday season with my family.
After dinner with my family, my mom and I curled up on the couch to watch Ghost Adventures together. We're trying to get through those before I have my tonsils out so that I don't have nightmares while I'm on pain medicines (lol). But before we got started on our mini binge-watching session, she brought out the last box from my FabFitFun subscription, a birthday present from last year.
FabFitFun is one of the coolest gifts I have ever received. It's a quarterly subscription, so I feel like I wait forever for a box to arrive, but it's so worth it when I finally open one. It's filled with so many fun things like jewelry, candles, journals, makeup, work out gear, and so much more.
This last box is the winter box. It came with a beautiful candle that smells like winter, a necklace, mascara, a yummy smelling hand lotion, a beautiful dark green day planner for the new year, and this funny little star pin.
At first I just tossed the pin aside, thinking it was just another fashion accessory. Then I remembered that everything in the box has a little story to it, that they are handpicked to be featured and sent to all of those who subscribe.
The cute gold star was created by the Starlight Children's Foundation. "Each year, more than 30 million children in the US suffer from a critical, chronic or terminal illness.Many of these kids experience long hospital stays, painful medical treatments and sometimes a scary and uncertain future.Starlight turns pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart." This is their statement from the website.
I looked up at my mom a little teary-eyed to show her. I've personally been struggling with my illness and accepting it. Very few people understand that this illness is permanent, it doesn't go away. Seeing a foundation for children who are chronically, critically, or terminally ill? It brought my heart so much joy to see something so meaningful.
That little pin in the box, from a company that doesn't know I suffer from chronic illness, that doesn't know what I'm going through, brought the biggest smile to my face. It came just at the right time, to remind me that there are people out there who care for the chronically ill. It isn't just me against the world anymore.
A small gold pin reminded me that there are people out there who care, who are working to make this world a better place. It reminded me that there are children who are just as sick, if not worse than I am, and there is a foundation that is raising awareness for them.
This foundation and what they do for children is now a charity that I hold close to my heart. It's new to me, I'm learning more about it and what they do, but a foundation for all sick children? Count me in.