Sunday, February 2, 2014

i have walked five hundred miles...

"...but i would walk 500 miles
and i would walk 500 more..."
~the proclaimers~

Today is Sunday once again...and time for Kathy's Song~ography linky party!  Each Sunday Kathy has a "fun mash~up of photography and song titles"... a visual song, if you will.
This week's chosen song is "i would walk 500 miles" by the Proclaimers.

It all began on darling daughter lapsed into a coma.  She was not breathing on her own, her fever was off the charts, and she was convulsing.  A hard decision was made at our local hospital...whether or not to even send for the helicopter... her prognosis was poor.  In the end, the helicopter arrived.   My nightmare was unfolding...

I stayed with her day and night at Children's Memorial hospital...never leaving her side...praying that she would wake up from her deep deep sleep.  

Then on her fourth birthday...eight days later...she opened her eyes and there was finally hope!  Our prayers had been answered.  She had that twinkle in her eyes once again.

But we had a long long journey ahead of us.  She was just like an infant...her only ability was her rooting instinct when i fed her.  I was told that she would be in a wheelchair the rest of her life ... with very little abilities.  
And so my work began...everyday i drove her to therapy...physical, occupational, speech.  I had to reteach her everything ... walking, talking, eating...

 We inched our way forward ... i gave her my everything.  

Now it is 26 years later...and it was worth every mile i walked for her.  She is now a happy, loving, vibrant, hard working young adult...  Her journey is not never will be.  But every step she has taken has been a miracle.

If you have a few moments...and who doesn't on these long winter sure to click here to join in on the song~ography linky party to see what others have walked those 500 miles for...

until next time...


  1. What a beautiful story of your precious daughter. My daughter is almost the same age, and I can't imagine the fear and then the years of helping her. I trust she is doing well now. You have walked far more than "500 miles" and I'm sure you wouldn't hesitate to do the same all over again for her.

  2. When I looked at your post! my first thought was "what a gorgeous girl full of energy and happiness!" Then I read your post and got goose bumps. Beautiful. Life is definitely full of twists and turns....and some very tough miles to walk!

  3. What a long road -much more difficult than 500 miles. You are a blessing to your daughter, as I'm sure she is a blessing to you. We truly would walk as many miles as necessary for those we love. xo

  4. Wow what a heartfelt post and quite the journey you both were on. Happy that the outcome was a positive one.

  5. What an inspiring story Nancy you are both strong, capable and wonderful women I admire you both...

  6. What an amazing story and what a wonderful mother you are.

  7. Wow...this goes to prove you never know what journeys other's have travelled on. Until you walk in another's shoes, you truly just have no idea. What an amazing story you have shared with us...thank you! How blessed you are to have each other, you are both strong, courageous and perhaps most advantageous....STUBBORN! Good for you! Thank you so much for sharing this at Song-ography!

  8. what an amazing story of the power of love and never giving up hope!!

  9. What a heartfelt post of a mother's love for her child. I am sure there is a depth in your relationship that came out of this journey together that is a gift for both of you....We never know where another has walked......

  10. What a journey you've been on....I teared up while reading about it. The power of your love and determination made her recovery possible. Blessings to you and your family.

  11. thank you, everyone, for all your kind comments...each and everyone mean the world to me...


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