This past May I was honored to be a speaker for the very first Mom+Social Summit hosted by the United Nations Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Huffington Post, Baby Center and 92Y Tribeca in New York City.
I shared several experiences as a Global Mom, but the most difficult one was that of my sweet daughter.
On June 9th, 2012, I happened to be awake on a Saturday morning when I heard something down the hall towards my girls’ rooms. When I went to investigate, I saw my oldest daughter having a grand mal seizure.
This experience shook me to the core with heart-wrenching FEAR I had never experience before. I thought my daughter was dying in front of me!
Instead of going into immediate action, it felt like I stood there for hours watching a movie I had no power to control. When I came out from the fog, I grabbed her, screamed her name, and did everything I could to get her to answer me. When she didn’t, my youngest daughter and I just knew it was the end.
Fortunately, this story has a very happy ending.
With the best doctors and medical care possible, my daughter has been seizure-free since that day.
I am eternally grateful that God saw fit to save MY child that day. But what about all of the other children who suffer with nowhere to turn? No one to rescue them. Parents who can’t afford medical care of even the basic necessities.
My heart bleeds for those children and their future. I want them to have the same experiences and opportunities that my girls have. This is why my goal as a mother is to raise children who think of others and not just themselves. It is my greatest gift to see my girls as “givers” and not “takers.” They have designed t-shirts for Shot@Life – a campaign that raises money for vaccines for children in developing countries, they save their change to donate to several causes, and participate in walks and fundraising for Children’s Hospital. They are the next generation of givers!
Check out my talk at Mom+Social:
How can you teach your children to be givers?
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by our contributor, LaShaun Martin of Shootie Girl in the Washington, DC Metro Area.
Photo credit to Stuart Ramson, UN Foundation.
I loved watching you speak on the day! Your story is powerful, and I never realized that you’ve been through so much with your daughter. Thank you for sharing your story!
Thanks Jen. Tough times build strength and character!
Wow! Thanks for sharing your story, LaShaun!
It was a tough one to share. But, thank you.
Wow – I can’t even imagine witnessing your own child go through that! I would feel so powerless 🙁
I agree with your goal of raising kids to think of others and not themselves…sometimes easier said than done! But, we keep at it by always talking about sharing what we have with others…whether it be a snack at the playground with a new made friend, to giving gently used clothes and toys to others in need, or donations to worthy causes like Shot@Life.
Thanks for sharing your story LaShaun!
Thank you, Eva! We must first be the example.
LaShaun, I was there when you shared this deeply personal and scary experience. Thank you. I am especially moved by your desire to turn this into something positive for all the mothers and children of the world!
It was certainly a scary and life-changing experience. We HAD to turn it into good somehow! Thank you for listening and reading ;-).