Lately there has been a lot of soul-searching going on in this heart of mine.
It's so hard sometimes to go forward with things when you feel that you are not supported. In the past six months, I have been pushed aside, ignored and insulted by people that I love. It has come to pass that the things I am trying to do to further education and awareness about heart disease are being completely ignored by a lot of people in my life. Most of them family members. I can't tell you how much this hurts.
It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided that our family will not be physically walking in the American Heart Association's Start! HeartWalk this year. Team Madi still exists, and we will still be raising as much money in donations as we can. We would be very honored if you would make a donation to Team Madi and help us "walk all over" heart disease and stroke. Please follow the link at right to do so. All monies raised go to fund research and education regarding heart disease and stroke.
Please do not think that this is me giving up and walking away from the causes that mean so much to me. I simply need a break, time to regroup, and time to heal. It pains me that people that I thought I could count on (in my family!) have absolutely no interest whatsoever in what we are doing. It's sad, really. But there's nothing I can do but move on.
I am choosing to set my sights on some other endeavors. We will be collecting items for the Child Life department at Saint Mary's hospital, and as always we will still be gathering as many pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House as we can. We also have our 2nd blood drive in Madi's honor coming up in August, so stay tuned for further information on that! I am very excited to be moving forward with these events, and hope that you will join us if you can. Every little bit helps!