When my heart missed a beat

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Posted September 14, 2020 from Ghana

It was sadness and confusion on the expressionless face of a loving mother 

My heart missed a beat. I shared her pain. I was no longer a journalist. I looked at a fellow mother tell the story of her seven year old son who relapsed with luekemia because she didn't have the finances to continue the chemotherapy.

"I only hawk used clothing and I have four other children to feed. Life has not been easy. I only pray my son gets healed," she said.

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Nini Mappo
Sep 15
Sep 15

Hello Shirley,
I share the pain of that mother too. It must be so heartbreaking to look at her sick child, and know that she wants to do so much for him, but cannot. I feel her helplessness just thinking about her. It is very sad

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Sep 19
Sep 19

Nini indeed it is. I pray help come through for all such mothers.

Andrace
Sep 19
Sep 19

Thank you for sharing the pain of a fellow-mother, Shirley. I say a big amen to her prayer. Life is so full of mysteries. The boy is so young. He is not the only child of his mother. Where is his father? Why should he be suffering with illness? So many questions devoid of answers. We are only human . We can only rely on the mercy of the God of all flesh. May He grant her and those suffering with peace that transcends human understanding-amen.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Sep 19
Sep 19

Amen and Amen Andrace. May answers come speedily for her

Hello, Shirley,

That is heartbreaking. My son just turned 7 years old, and to think of him having leukemia is such a huge cross to carry. How strong this mother you write about to face this challenge. For those who have no access to quality health systems, prayer is the only solution.

I pray for this mother and child, dear. God's grace is sufficient.

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Sep 23
Sep 23

Amen and Amen. Lord help him.