Author Lorena Wood and her husband, Roger.
If I have learned anything in this world that is the truth, I've learned that no one has to die for a life to end. Lives end when kids fall off their bikes, when people lose jobs, with accidents, with health issues. Lives end in the blink of an eye, yet the people who lose them are often still standing with forced smiles, while remnants of their prior existence scatter at their feet like piles of dried leaves. They try to make sense where there is no sense, sorting through the rubble, while the realities of emotional and physical pain combine with electric bills, proper heating, medicine, gasoline for hospital visits, and food...just eating...things we take for granted...become monsters in their lives that could consume them.
I can't do justice in words for Lorena and Roger Wood, or for their family. They are your brother and sister, your niece and nephew, the cousins you haven't seen in quite some time. They are the people who hold the door for you as you enter a supermarket on a cold day, letting you pass before them. They are the ones who smile and say, "Excuse me," as they cross your path on a sidewalk. Roger and Lorena are parents and their son and daughter are their children. I know that sounds simplistic, but think about it. Really think about it. They might be strangers, but you know them. You see them every day. They are not perfect, but they are the kindness that we look for in the eyes of every human being we ever met. They are real people. Something happened to them. Something unexpected and horrific. The lives they once had have ended. They don't want to die again.
Please, read what their son has to say about the medical emergency that happened to his father. Find out what's happening to his family since. If you've never been as helpless or as terrified as the Wood family is right now, you are lucky. Bless you soul. If you have, bless you double. I have, too. Either way, if you can find it in yourself, please help my friend Lorena Wood and her family. Read their story. Spread the word. Be their miracle.
I know this economy is terrible. I know everybody is hurting. If you don't have money to donate, tweet this blog, tweet the link to the gofundme.com project. This is it: http://www.gofundme.com/6gxbus Or buy one of Lorena's book. She's a wonderful author! But, please, help. I would take it as a personal favor and Lorena, Roger and their children...they will never forget you.
Bless you all. May you stay safe and warm. May you be healthy and strong. May you always have sunshine to light your days and the peace at night to marvel at the beauty of the moon. May you always travel your path granted with a thousand mercies, wrapped safely in an angel's wings.
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