I don't usually enjoy attention but I've kinda needed it during the past few weeks. I've needed to know people believe in me and will be there for me. I feel a little more motivation to be strong every time someone tells me they support me.
Sympathy wears many colors. Ever since finding out Baby Hudson has Spina Bifida I've received sympathy in the form of emails, phone calls, prayers, and even flowers from my husband and my coworkers at Middlebury. (Aren't they beautiful?!)
The sympathy I was most surprised by came from my neighbor. She said, "I'm not sorry for you that you're having a baby with Spina Bifida. I think it's going to be really great for you." I loved that! She certainly has sympathy but not pity. It's easy to confuse the two, but what I really need is sympathy--not pity.
I got a call from UCSF yesterday. The tentative plan is surgery on August 7th. And so the countdown begins...