Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What Brooklyn has taught me.........#2

"Brooklyn has taught me that there is ALWAYS a reason to smile. When I think I have had a bad day then I see Brooklyn and she melts me with her smile...she is such an angel and through all her struggles and I am sure her frustrations she continues to smile!" Thanks Brooklyn!
Aunt Kristin


Bridget said...

This is Taylor's mom, Bridget. I don't know Brooklyn very well yet, but I wanted to share with you a few things that Taylor has taught me:

She has restored my faith in humanity.
--I have met some amazing people because of Taylor.
--Taylor brings out the best in people. I have seen her melt the coldest of hearts.
--People go out of their way to do nice things for her. Some of these people would not normally hold a door for someone. It's a small reminder of how good it feels to do something nice for someone else.

She has taught me compassion.
--Kelly you told me that you really appreciated my note in the Rett Handbook. I was only able to write that because of the compassion that Taylor has taught me.

She has taught me how strong I am.
--God only gives our Rett girls to the strong. Sometimes we have to fight hard for our girls. Don't get me wrong, there have been many times I have felt weak, but God always gives me the strength to fight for Taylor. It's the Footprints in the Sand thing!

The list goes on and on.
I know Brooklyn's diagnosis is very new. You feel weak, don't understand why this happened, you're scared about her future, & sometimes you're just numb.
We ask how God could allow this terrrible Rett Syndrome. I don't know why it exists, but I have seen how God uses our Rett girls to teach the world what unconditional love is. Our Rett chicks bring out the best in others and make the world a better place.
I can't imagine my life without Taylor & I can't imagine Taylor without Rett.
Taylor is 11, it's taken a long time to get where I am at with Rett. As I see your pain, I wish I could fast-forward you to where I am. It takes a time.

To Charlie & Kelly's family & friends-
Be patient, it's a very tough time. My best advice is to just be there for them. Don't shy away because you're afraid that you might say something wrong. Learn to celebrate the joy of Brooklyn, but don't ignore that it's still a tough time (for Brooklyn too). I still have my triggers that make me sad, but I know that its not anyone's fault that something made me cry. They need your love and they understand that you are also human and might mess up & say the wrong thing sometimes. It happens, don't run for the hills if it does or if you're afraid it might.
--Bridget Raab

Anonymous said...

Thats what we ALL needed to here that has brought tears to my eyes reading what Bridget typed for you. I AM SO GLAD YOU HAVE MET HERE AND SHE WILL BE SUCH STRENGTH TO YOU AN ANGEL SENT FROM GOD THATS FOR SURE. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAys DOESN'T HE.