There’s a reason for the early DAR today, if you read Melissa Smith, Shel Silverstein, and Stories Untold, I’ve been in close contact with Melissa the last couple weeks as her health has been declining. An inflammation has taken over her body, including her lungs, her hair is falling out, and she’s been hospitalized for the better part of a month now. I asked Melissa how she’s doing, “I’m fine, things are good. Don’t worry, John.”
“It’s me here. What’s going on?”
“Well, I’ve been in the hospital more than I’ve been home. There is nothing on the walls. I’m trying to get a data entry job, it’s not nursing which is my passion but I have to get by. I’m crying my eyes out writing this. I just wish my health would give me a little break, just a little.”
To add insult to injury, while Melissa was in the hospital, somebody broke into the home that the Chivers built for her and stole her computer, amongst other valuables. As Melissa’s health declines and her medical bills pile up, some jackass breaks in and kicks her while she’s down. I can only sit and watch this happen so long.
We started a very small GoFundMe account to replace Melissa’s computer. It’s $2,000 but when Melissa gets well again she’ll begin the search for a new job and a computer is vital to the search. As bad as Melissa’s life has been, I believe it is these small kindnesses, the knowledge that somewhere beyond the cold hospital walls, there is a warm world waiting outside. Get well soon, Melissa. There’s a lot of Chivers looking forward to meeting you at the Green Gala this year!
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