A Common Thread

While in Ottawa, Kansas a few weeks ago I noticed a common thread in the catering tent.  There were moments when I would help acquaint new volunteers to the catering tent and get them started on a project such as removing labels, refilling and icing down the coolers among many other projects.  Not long after the introduction to the tent a beautiful story would usually unfold, and a common thread became evident.

I met several phenomenal volunteers who shared with me that they or a loved one had a traumatic brain injury.  One such amazing person was an aunt who shared a photo that she had on her phone.  It was a photo of her niece who is in elementary school.  You see, her niece suffered traumatic brain injury during a car accident when she was an infant.  She is wheelchair bound and does not speak, but her aunt shared that she is making wonderful developmental strides.  This amazing aunt told me her niece’s name, and I told her that I will never forget her niece’s beautiful name.  For confidentiality purposes I can’t say her name, but this amazing little girl has made a huge imprint on my heart, and I will never forget her or her aunt.

We were blessed to have another phenomenal volunteer who was accompanied by his daughter.  His daughter shared with me that he has a hard time hearing because he has had 13 surgeries to remove brain tumors, and yet there he was volunteering to build the Hill’s new home.  I learned from each of these remarkable volunteers that the only limitations we have are those that we place on ourselves.

In closing, I want to share the link to the Brain Injury Association of America website that was given to me by one of these amazing volunteers.  It is http://www.biausa.org/ and I want to say to all of you that I met, ” I will never forget you.”  Thank you from the heart for sharing your stories with me.  You’re simply amazing!

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4 thoughts on “A Common Thread

  1. alticj12 says:

    What a blessing we all received while volunteering to help the Hill family. It is a memory that will last a lifetime! I too was very touched by the number of people that came to help, no matter their circumstance. I too was very touched and moved by the gentleman that had brain tumors and had 13 surgeries! This did not stop him from coming out to help and it really makes me appreciate life and be grateful! Thanks for sharing Stacy…..you make my heart smile! 🙂

  2. Melissa Hall-Manzer says:

    Stacy I have known you for a long time and Im so very proud of you and your family for all your doing…These stories made me cry but its a good cry, I will be praying for your family and the others. Please dont stop writing it really warms my heart.

    Love you,
    Lisa

    • stacysflutterings says:

      Thank you Lisa for your thoughts. I am glad it was a “good cry.” I don’t want anyone to feel any sadness just positive, happy thoughts. I hope readers take away from my words a sense of hope and strength. Love you too!

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