I’m going to start by asking you a few questions….
What is most important in life to you?
Is it a trip, having the latest sports car, living in a mansion, a loving family, great health, peace, being happy?
What does having it all mean to you?
What are you grateful for in your life?
Take the time to think about these questions and get real clarity …
Over the last few years since living through the trauma of the Christchurch earthquakes I have really searched deeply for what means the most….what do I want and need to be happy?
Without a doubt it is firstly the people in my life…my family and friends - I love and appreciate them and I am really grateful for all I have. I also know I have to have a purpose and to keep challenging myself to be successful.
To keep learning and growing so I am in a position to help others. I think it is very necessary to keep stepping up so that we can make a difference when the need arises.
To have the passion, love and the caring for those going through difficult and trying circumstances. To have fulfillment in my life.
The importance of this has well and truly been highlighted to me recently…
I have had the privilege of an insight into the life of a courageous precious little 12-year-old girl.
Maddie Collins has kidney disease and is on dialysis but to continue to live her life she needs a kidney transplant that is not available in New Zealand.
Her chance at having a transplant lies in being able to get to America for the operation at the cost of approximately $350,000.00
A very big and daunting task for her family who without this money and getting the transplant would simply have to watch their daughter die.
How could any parent face this thought and to live with this knowledge…it is far too cruel.
Maddie suffers everyday and no child or their family should have to live this way. Maddie is such an inspiration she is determined, courageous and one very incredible little girl.
When you climb into bed at night and you cuddle up all set to enjoy a great nights sleep - spare a thought for Maddie and her family.
Every night Maddie is hooked up to the dialysis machine which alarms constantly throughout the night meaning that Maddie and her family don’t get that luxury of cuddling up in bed at night and sleeping…they will face the night anxiously thinking of how many times they will have to get up and how they will find Maddie and what her needs might be.
It could be a dash into the hospital in the middle of the night to have tests carried out on some samples her parents might have to have taken. In Christchurch where they live there are no trained paediatrician’s for children on dialysis so Maddie’s parents are totally responsible for taking care of Maddie and her well-being.
Maddie in the last eight years has spent a lot of her life in hospital and having to endure countless painful procedures.
Life can change very quickly in a day for Maddie with constant infections and coping with high blood pressure the correct dosage of medications and daily testing of bloods and urine.
Maddie in the last school term has only been well enough to attend school for seven days. This is not what any parent would ever want to see their child go through and to know that she is missing out on her education.
First and foremost is the health and happiness of our family and Maddie and her family have had to cope with more than most.
Maddie’s mother Sarah, when being tested to see if she could give a kidney to Maddie, it was discovered she had breast cancer….How can this be you might be ask? I know I do …what the ???? it breaks your heart.
Take a step back and take a good look at all you have right now and be grateful and appreciate what is in your life. Show your family love and support…be kind and caring to others.
We never know what other people are truly going through and your act of kindness or your smile might make such a huge difference in their life.
Don’t carry on the arguments, gossip, the no talkies game, hurting others - forgive and move on.
None of us know what is just around the corner.
For Adam and Sarah Collins eight years ago they had a happy, healthy little four year old who one morning woke up with puffy eyes that they thought was an allergy.
Little did they know how instantly their whole family lives were going to change and especially for little Maddie.
I think of this amazing family everyday and challenge myself to come up with an answer to be able to help in getting this money for them so Maddie can get the kidney transplant she needs to survive.
To have the life that every little girl deserves and that she can go on to realize her dreams.
This is my driving force each day but I need help to reach this goal of getting $350,000 so if you all out there can get on board and help that would be fantastic.
Send me your ideas and suggestions, your help in making this go viral would be awesome - your donations on give-a-little are so gratefully received.
Our children are so precious so treat them that way.
Forget about sweating the small stuff and stressing over dramas that at the end of the day will not matter a damn…spend the time instead with your children and create lifelong loving memories.
Get on board with me and help Maddie reach her dreams ….
"Give The Gift Of Life To Maddie"
There is nothing more fulfilling and satisfying than helping others especially this gorgeous little girl!!
To donate to Maddie go to the give-a-little page….