South Main Muse: Jamie Miles
Home. During my five day stint in the hospital this spring, I missed my husband, my children – who behaved as angels my first few hours home, my food, my bed. Though thankful for good medical care, feeling sickly and not with those I loved got really old, really fast.
What if five days turned into five months? Five days in the hospital suddenly appears as serendipitous as an all expense paid vacation to Argentina courtesy of the state of South Carolina.
Fifteen-year-old Madison superstar, Laura Margaret Burbach, finds herself in such a position. She and her mother, Sarah, are at Duke Children’s Hospital while LM gets primed for extra-special new lung parts and long-awaited bone marrow transplant. Though they have a residence waiting for time between medical procedures – this adds up to many months away from home. David, Laura Margaret’s father, travels to Durham most weekends but not having dad around all the time gets tough.
But through www.carepages.com, LM and Sarah visit a virtual Morgan County daily. Each morning my e-mail in box holds a link to Laura Margaret’s new Care Page posting. Through her writing, friends and family read of her progress and treatments, perseverance through trial and of her nurse who’s hooked on the Food Network.
I’m hooked on Laura Margaret’s hope, strength and humor.
When asked about Care Pages Laura Margaret wrote, “Mom and I read all the comments and post the new update each night as the last thing I do before I go to bed every night. The comments help me end each day with a positive note.”
Reading through your wonderful e-notes back to Laura Margaret day after day, I feel closer to all of you, even those friends I’ve never met. It’s a beautiful digital community reaching out from Morgan County in love.
A recent LM post stated, “I’m not sure what made today so special, but I got more responses to yesterday’s post than most days. Good responses. Responses that made me feel loved, prayed about, commiserated with, and secure. Though I’m not yet sure how, it’s clear that God had charged this otherwise setback with a faith-building opportunity.”
Sign on to Laura Margaret’s care page by going to www.carepages.com and registering an e-mail address and password. Then search for LMBforTheBestTransplantEver. Once following Laura Margaret’s updates, you’ll be moved in all sorts of directions, especially up. Up to blue skies, bright sun and up where occasional rain only brings the splendor of a rainbow.
Dear LM, just between us, you possess far more courage, talent, beauty and far more God-shining-through-you in a wee hangnail than I have in an eternity of my huge left feet. It’s a privilege to call you friend. And I hope do you consider me friend and not just Jake’s dorky mom – though I fit that description too.
Stay strong. Morgan County is PRAYING HARD!
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