Team Member: Luke Adams
Shawna Brandon wrote -
They say it takes community to raise a child, but it also takes community to heal one.
This is my sister Sheila. We are fourteen months apart, "Irish twins" my Mom says. Sheila has always looked out for me, supported me and challenged me. My guardian angel. Completely. Now, its time for me to be her Namast-Angel.
The scariest moment I ever had with Sheila was skydiving. I watched anxiously from the plane, experiencing panic at the thought of loosing her as her body disappeared below me. That was the scariest moment, up until last December. Sheila was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma five short weeks after her wedding. We all were shocked and tried to live like normal people. First treatment came and went unsuccessfully. Rogue cells kept her symptoms consistent and a second, more aggressive treatment plan, emerged. Three day inpatient chemotherapy coupled with radiation and a three week inpatient bone marrow transplant. Not the average life of a newly wed. Sheila has already experienced complications from her biopsy, pressure on her lungs and now inflammation of the pleura. She has pain with every breath but continues to be a positive force. I tell Sheila her strength is her love of family and acceptance, with open arms, of our smothering! Her perseverance is quiet, intense and bathed in love. As hard as it is to undergo physical pain and discomfort its even harder to continue working, paying bills, cleaning house and buying groceries; medical bills pile up and prescriptions continue to be filled.
This is where we come in. When we don't know how to help, we help lighten the load. It's my duty to gather all you namast-angels, family and friends together, cultivate our community around Sheila and help her heal. To be a namast-angel is to bring light and love into Sheila's world, consciously and with intention.
"Where there is love there is life", Ghandi says. For any light and love you can offer, THANK YOU ~Shawna