The last two months have been interesting. Challenging. Terrifying but in a good way. Even though for a while it was just terrifying in a bad way.
My four-year-old daughter had surgery last week for an infected lymph node. She’d been sick since late August. Up until yesterday we weren’t sure what she was sick from, so as you can imagine it’s been a roller coaster of fear and relief.
Her surgery took place at Seton’s Dell Children’s Medical Center, which creates as good an environment as you can get for sick kids but also for parents of sick kids. (The ladies of The Assistance League gave her a nice treat, too.) She also had a visit to the St. David’s emergency room in Round Rock where a doctor there was amazingly kind and reassuring to a mom and kid at 4 am. We were in good hands.
Luckily, I had been laid off from the Austin Community Foundation in July, so I could spend the whole day and night caring for her. Yes, I consider that good luck. My job as communications director at ACF was the best job I’ve ever had, but ACF is going through lots of changes right now and it needs to find its footing before it can create a communications strategy.
And being laid off set me on the path of pursuing GivingCity full time. It’s time for GivingCity to grow beyond a single organization, beyond me, and with the help of Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Barry Silverberg, Ken Gladish and many others, it’s on the road to becoming the first nonprofit magazine about nonprofits in the country.
You might expect being laid off and having your daughter in the hospital within the span of about a month would be difficult. Certainly I wouldn’t have chosen either. But my overall feeling isn’t fear or stress or discouragement, rather it’s gratitude. So many friends and family members have held us up. I never felt alone, never felt despair. We always knew everything would be just fine, maybe even great.