Meet Laura, the office manager at a local veterinarian’s. She is 32, has two young sons and as she was entering her 3rd trimester with her second son, Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In the past few months, Laura has continued to work full time, be a mom, carry a child AND go through chemotherapy. Her husband lost his job a few years ago and they’re just beginning to get back up on their feet.
The woman on the left is my friend Vanessa, who says that she has never heard Laura complain and other than the few days following chemo, she hasn’t missed a day of work — even showing up once to work the day after her chemo. Vanessa says she’s seen Laura barely able to walk but “still she keeps moving and continues to show the office her beautiful smile and positive attitude.”
On Thursday, Laura took off work and yesterday, Laura gave birth to her second son Dylan — 8lbs 1oz.
In the future, she will face surgery/chemo/radiation while caring for a family. Laura is already planning on coming back to work in six weeks because they cannot afford her to take any more time off.
Vanessa wrote to her friends since Laura needs support. “I am posting my address. If you would like to help in any way, we would appreciate it. A letter/card of support - gift cards to help with groceries/baby items. Whatever you can give will help her. Laura has raised the bar on how to be a good human being. Will you take the time to help her?”
Incidentally — I know Vanessa because her son was killed at Combat Outpost Keating in 2009. It’s not as if she doesn’t have her own pain to deal with. And yet here she is asking for help for a friend and co-worker.
“She has handled this with so much grace and courage,” Vanessa writes. “Laura teaches me that to go on is all we can do….”
I just sent them a Wal-Mart gift card. If you can afford to do so, this is a family that could use some help.
c/o Vanessa Adelson
392 Hughs Rd.
Charles Town, WV 25414