IT TAKES GUTS
Tax ID: 46-0539636
BASED: Fairfield, CA, United States
CHARITY WEBSITE: www.it-takes-guts.org
The mission of It Takes Guts is to help others maneuver through the un-chartered waters of autoimmune diseases. We fight by raising awareness and fundraising for research aimed at a cure. Our wish is for others to feel supported and honored in their journey, our hope is that they find strength deep within themselves to continue to find answers.
We live by the words "whatever it takes."
We are the proud mamas of two very amazing, resilient kids with rare but similar conditions. One was born prematurely and from the beginning of his life on earth has known nothing but pain. The other was born healthy and remained that way until a viral illness drastically changed her life at nine years old.
In 2008, our eyes met in the post surgical unit of the hospital that our kids are treated at. That day we simply smiled at each other, knowing what it meant to be at an unexpected procedure on a Sunday. We simply exchanged that "look" of sympathy as we knew each other's child had endured the an uncomfortable procedure. We each waited quietly for our child to wake up and then we headed for home.
We didn't see each other again until the summer of 2009. Meeting once again following pretty rough surgeries for both of our kids, we found ourselves next to each other in the bays of post op again. One of us said, "Hey, I remember you." We formed a friendship after that day and discovered that it was comforting to not feel alone in this journey. There was another mom in the trenches struggling to dig out.
For six years, we have been each other's rock through good and bad, many surgeries, PICU stays, long admissions, walks to the healing garden, boxing matches in our kids' hospital rooms, coffee runs, shared lunches to avoid the cafeteria, cheering in our children's triumphs and feeling sadness in their pain. We have found humor and laughter in times of extreme trial, it is what carries us through. We have been pushed many times to the edge and past the point that our mommy hearts' could handle.
Over the years, we were trained by many gracious nurses and doctors to manage the unmanageable at home. Central lines, IV's, ileostomy bags, port-a-caths, Broviacs, drainage bags, GJ tubes, G tubes, Cecostomy Tubes, Pain, Nausea...all became words in our vocabulary.
Our wish is for others to not feel alone in their journey, that you may find strength deep within you to continue to find answers.
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