If you can read this, be thankful for the health of your eyes. Many people do not have that luxury.
I'm here today to bring a serious topic to you, one that's near and dear to my heart. When I was a child, I was very sick. I had arthritis at three-years-old, open heart surgery at 7, 2 eye surgeries before I was 12, hand surgery, physical and occupational therapy, and several other ailments. I was an expert at how doctors and hospitals worked when most kids my age were outside playing. With the amount of scars on my body, you'd think I was in combat somewhere. Thankfully, as an adult, I am fairly healthy (except for the extra pounds I could stand to lose.)
I tend not to discuss my medical history here because I believe it has no bearing on my writing life. But today I will make an exception. Why? Because I believe we ALL need to help each other in any way we can. This afternoon I am going to the hairdresser's to get 11 inches of my hair chopped off. I've been growing it out for three years and today I am donating it to Locks of Love. If you're not familiar with this organization, it works to make hairpieces for children who are suffering from hair loss due to ANY medical diagnosis. For more information about this organization, visit their website at www.locksoflove.org.
Because of my medical history, I am unable to donate blood. For a long time, I didn't think I could do anything to help those in need. But then a writer friend (Michelle McGinnis) chopped her hair off for Locks of Love and inspired me to look into doing the same. Since then, I've also designated myself as an organ donor on my license. I am not in a position to donate money for any causes, but in the past I have given money to organizations that were close to my heart. Once I get another full-time job, I intend to once again donate money.
My point in telling you all this isn't to pat my own back, but to show you where I stand and how I came to that. I believe regardless of our political views and our religious views, we ALL have a duty to help each other. If you are struggling financially, there are still ways to help others. You could donate your time, too. If you are in a position to donate money, choose one or two organizations that mean something to you and make a donation. It doesn't have to be a huge amount of money, but take a stand. Make a difference. Show your pride and take care of your fellow man, woman or child. Every little bit helps. Your little bit combined with my little bit and the little bit of others can eventually make a HUGE difference to those in need.