Several weeks ago, after a week of seizures, we were at a BBQ with friends, when someone asked what our plans for the summer were. Due to the seizures I said, our plans were to stay close to home. We planned to get a swing set and make our yard a destination for ‘Buddy’. Little did I know, Cole and Carson were listening. They are children of a dear friend and have loved and supported ‘Buddy’ since the beginning. (They they were little and visiting they would say “Mom, I washed my hands, can I pet ‘Buddy’ now?” I love that.) Well Cole and Carson had a swing set they no longer used. They had been trying to decide what to do with the money once they sold it. After hearing my conversation, they discussed it among themselves and went to their mother to tell her they wanted to give the swing set to ‘Buddy’. I tear up every time I think of it. It is so wonderful for them to give like that, to know that ‘Buddy’ has touched their hearts so deeply.
As an ex stage hand, I have overseen many moves and moving the swing set would be very straight forward…except, I wasn’t sleeping enough to think, ‘Buddy’ was too exhausted to go anywhere, and then I injured my knee and I couldn’t even walk. Enter my buddy Steve. As a diabetic he is tirelessly raising money for Diabetic research. Currently he is renting himself out for donations, and my mother bought two hours of time for me. When he saw my call for help moving the swing set on Facebook, he stepped up and took charge, helping to rally the troops, find a truck and organize the logistics. Friends came out to help, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years.
A week ago, I was home alone with ‘Buddy’ feeling isolated, me trying to get him to eat, him refusing, and both of us so frustrated. I really felt in that moment like I was the only one trying to keep him alive, ‘Buddy’ included. I actually told him “I can’t eat for you, you gotta help.” Well, today I know we are not alone. I know there is an army of friends and family out there rooting for him, for us, and it means the world. My heart is full to bursting, and I cannot thank any of you enough.