Monday, May 17, 2010

Choking Down Tears

Blogging has become quite real to me. It's filled with real people with real lives who do "real" things. Yet, it's easy to sit in front of the computer screen and not necessarily feel the realness. It would be more easier to feel their pain, their anguish, their emotions, if they were sitting right across from me, right? Wrong.

I've been blogging for two years. I have many followers that have followed me from the beginning and I've gotten to know them, their kiddos and their hubbies or loved one. So, upon hearing that my friend, Hallie had lost her beautiful boy, CJ, I was shocked to tears.

Hallie is one of the most beautiful, giving women that I know. Her dad's life was saved as a result of organ donation so in return, she held a raffle and pledged money to organ donation as a result. This wasn't just any ol' raffle...there were things pouring in from all parts of the world to be raffled for a pretty cool cause.

Unfortunately, we can't always see ahead to the pain that lies ahead. The pain she is feeling as she has had to lay to rest her sweet boy, CJ will somehow subside, but it will never completely leave. Her and her husband, John and their son, Connor are paying tribute to CJ's life by walking in a suicide prevention walk called Out of the Darkness Overnight They have a team of walkers who will be walking in CJ's honor as well. They need sponsors to make this happen. If you find a stirring in your heart to donate, please click here. You will be taken to Hallie's site for more information.

Hold tightly to your loved ones. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow hasn't come, we are only living in the present by God's grace.

25 comments:

Frau said...

It breaks my heart.

ethelmaepotter! said...

This is heartbreaking. I just read the post about CJ; he was quite the remarkable young man. Why, oh why, do so many of our young, bright, respectable, and seemingly happy children feel compelled to take their lives?

I cannot imagine the pain the family is feeling. My hope is that no other parent EVER has to go through this kind of agony.

Bless you for posting this.

Buckeroomama said...

I agree with ethelmaepotter in that no parent should ever have to go through something like this... my heart aches for her family.

My name is PJ. said...

It's unimaginable to me. I don't even want to wrap my head around it because it's THAT scary.

God bless CJ, Hallie and their loved ones.

Momma Rae and the Deputy said...

prayers.
yeah getting to know other bloggers is real. i was just thinking the other day how easy it is "to read each others thoughts" nowadays with facebooks, blogs, and twitter...

Kwana said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. It's just heartbreaking.

Mari said...

This is so sad. I can't imagine going through something like this.

blueviolet said...

I am just so terribly sorry to hear this, Simone!

Ina in Alaska said...

So sad. A permanent end to a temporary problem. Why! xoxo

Nezzy said...

How very heart-wrenching. It's so very sad that bright young people think this is the only way out. I so try to stress to my Sunday School and Kid's Church that there is no problem that they and God can't handle.

My heart and prayers go out to the family.

God bless you and thanks for the heads up.

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

prayers and thoughts...

Ace said...

How tragic and heartbreaking, but I look at the good God is able to cull from this....the family walking to help others, you spurring others to help....and I see HOPE.

Jenny said...

That is so horribly tragic. I donate locally to an organization such as this...our daugher tried three times...did not succeed but was very determined. Or not. Depending on how you look at it. This organization really helped save my sanity. Thank you for making people aware of this support that is out there for these tragic situations.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

This is so very sad. Wow.

Lin said...

Wow, that is awful. Live each day as your last because you never know. You just never know.

Veronica Lee said...

This is so heartbreaking. My heart aches for her family. Thanks for sharing this, Simone.

Terra said...

Whew, this is heart breaking.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh. This just breaks my heart. So very sad. I know just what you mean Simone. These blogging girls are my real friends. I hurt when they hurt. This is too sad for words. So, so sad.

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

It is certainly a parents worse fear. My heart breaks for his family.

Heart2Heart said...

Simone,

This seems to be the growing trend in our young people today that feel that this is their only option to deal with issues. However what they fail to recognize is how easy it is to do, it's living that is the difficult part. I only hope that more kids will reach out and ask for help and that even if we aren't their parents we can have eyes and ears open enough to hear their pleas for help.

Prayers are being sent for Hallie and her family during this most stressful time in their lives. Thanks for providing a link to help out.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Thank you for sharing this heart breaking story with us! It sure does put my little annoyances and post-surgery headaches into perspective of what's really important! I cried too reading their story. So sad but good for them for doing this walk to find some meaning and try to move forward. What brave souls they are!

Hugs to them and to YOU~

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

This is so tragic. I send prayers. It will be friends like you who help her to regain her strength and to one day find comfort in fond memories. The internet is full of kind people we are always blessed by the friendships we make here.
Hugs, Katherine

Six Feet Under Blog said...

A sad thing to go through and I wouldnt want to ever have to!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Big sigh. My heart is breaking for them.

Thanks for the heads-ups on this CCD. I'm off to read more.

jj

Menopausal New Mom said...

Oh Simone, so heartbreaking! My heart goes out to Hallie and her family. Thank you for doing this post so we know.

 

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