Molly's Secret Weapon
When I began posting about Molly and the walk I mentioned that I wanted to tell the rest of Molly’s story. The parts that I feel most often get forgotten. When we meet new people, or people find out for the first time that Molly has cystic fibrosis, they almost always say “…she looks so good… what are you doing to keep her so healthy?” Tonight I want to tell you the biggest part of the story that gets forgotten and state with 100% certainty that Molly’s secret weapon is her Mother. I watch in awe as she cares for not only Molly but the rest of our family. Every day Molly has two or three 90 minute breathing treatments that must be done. My wife refuses to let Molly sit in her room alone during these treatments. She stays with her knowing that there are a hundred other things that need to be done yet none that are more important than this. Molly must eat an extremely high volume of calories each day to maintain her weight. Brooke cooks multiple meals each day so that Molly can continue to grow. During the night Molly is fed through a feeding tube to continue to augment her caloric intake. The feeding ends at 3am. Brooke gets up with her, detaches her feeding tube, cleans her stomach, gives her a drink of water, and tucks her back into bed. The list goes on and on. I do not know where her days begin and where they end.
From the second Molly was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis Brooke has devoted her life to the cause. Brooke has traveled every step of the journey, sat through every treatment, and been to every medical appointment. She has felt every heartache and experienced every bump in the road. Yet, I have never seen her sad, or heard her complain. She still exudes life and laughter. You see I am convinced she is Molly’s secret medicine. To be truly loved by Brooke, as Molly is, makes everything else seem less important. Thank you Brooke for guarding our angel. I love you!
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