Do You Believe? I Do....

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

Do You Believe? I Do....

Christmas MiraclesI read a post this morning that jogged my memory of a Christmas many years ago. Navona Hart asked us to pray for one of her agents who is facing surgery today to determine if she is curable or treatable, or perhaps not. Please do take a moment to drop by Navona's post and leave her a message. When Your Heart is Wrapped Tight....

Years ago I worked in a hospital, at the time I was in pre-admissions. It was Christmas Eve day, I had issues of my own. 2 young daughters, an active alcoholic as a husband, on and on. I got a call from a surgeon that a young woman who just had a baby at another hospital was being admitted for a double mastectomy. They had found the fast growing cancer when she was pregnant, but were unable to do anything but wait and watch it grow as the hormones filling her body because of the baby inside were making the cancer grow faster. Her mother and aunt had died of breast cancer, and she was pretty much alone in life.

I met her in my office and prepared her for the admission. She was holding the baby, they had just been discharged from another hospital. She was scared to death, my heart was breaking as I prepared the admission. No money, no family, the babys father had left her during the pregnancy.

After taking her upstairs and depositing the baby in the nursery, I went back downstairs and cried. Then I decided to do something about it.

I called a friend who worked at IBM and told her I needed help to make someone's Christmas just a bit brighter. She shifted into high gear and managed to bring me, within hours, a car full of gifts and cash. One of the gifts, I remember, was a brand new crib! I went to my co-workers, they opened their wallets and within hours I had $400 in my hand. Word must have spread quickly as people were dropping by my office, doctors, nurses, financial people, the maintenance staff, the housekeeping department, they all pitched in.

One of the departments in the hospital gave me their Christmas tree for her room. The peds nurses pitched in and agreed to help, along with the nursery, to keep the baby with her as much as possible.

When she came back from the surgery, the room was decorated, there were presents piled under the tree, I gave her the cash to help her out when she got home. The baby was brought to her, and the surgeon came in to tell her it appeared as if he got all the CA. Of course only time would tell, but he was very optimistic. He and I stepped out of the room and we cried together. He was blown away by the generosity of all those at the hospital and at IBM that gave so much in such a short time. I was too.

It would seem that she was going to be fine. I lost track of her over the years, but she did beat the cancer at least back then.

I had forgotten about this until Navona's post jogged my memory. I remember how determined I was to give her and the baby a good Christmas as we all thought it would be her last. Everyone was awesome, the prayers went out, people gave so much of themselves. The whole day was a miracle for me. In a matter of hours we had seen a broken, scared young woman with a brand new baby who thought she would not live a month, with nothing to give her child for Christmas, become a brave young woman full of hope who was able to spend a wonderful first Christmas with her new baby.

Do you believe? I certainly do. And I thank Navona for reminding me of this very special Christmas so many moons ago.

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Chris Ann Cleland
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What a great story.  I've got tears in my eyes.  The power people have to help others, even in something as simple as prayer, is amazing.

Dec 21, 2010 04:03 PM #21
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
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Andrea - Such a touching story, it bought tears to my eyes. I Believe! I always have and I always will. It doesn't surprise me at all that you that you found a way to bring some happiness in to this young moms life. I've said since I met you here on AR that you are amazing! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Dec 21, 2010 06:36 PM #22
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James Quarello
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All I can say is that is a truly wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it.

Dec 21, 2010 08:19 PM #23
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Ann Hayden
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Andrea,

That is a wonderful story...  People can be generous.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Dec 21, 2010 11:24 PM #24
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Andrea, what a story. And when you are telling about this young woman, you are coming as very varing and very kind person. And in addition the one that takes charge.

My hat goes to you

Dec 21, 2010 11:29 PM #25
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Sussie Sutton
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What a great story...and experience....and I really didn't feel like crying this evening...but thank you anyway.

Dec 21, 2010 11:42 PM #26
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Gregory Kiep
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I almost have tears in my eyes from reading this. so cute! Happy Holidays

Dec 22, 2010 04:39 AM #27
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Judy Jennings
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Andrea - Good thing I have the keypad memorized because I can't see through my tears right now! What a wonderful story. I DO believe! Merry Christmas.

Dec 22, 2010 07:05 AM #28
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Richard Weisser
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Adrea...

A very touching and poignant story of both generosity and survival. And now I must wipe the tears from my eyes.

Dec 22, 2010 07:07 AM #29
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One can't help but believing when hearing of miracles like this, Andrea!

Dec 22, 2010 08:11 AM #30
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Charita Cadenhead
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I do believe.  Thank you so much for this post.

Dec 22, 2010 08:26 AM #31
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Craig Alexander
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Thank you for sharing and reminding all of us what Christmas is really about. 

Dec 22, 2010 08:28 AM #32
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Darrin Carey
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Great Story. A Good feeling for the day.

Dec 22, 2010 08:33 AM #33
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Andrea: This is such a good story to read right now! We have so many things to be thankful for and this makes us open up to them, to acknowledge them---thank you for the story and for the beautiful way you have told it!!!I, too, Believe! 

Dec 22, 2010 09:16 AM #34
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Donna Paul
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Thanks for sharing your post with us.. it's so nice to know that pople are always willing to give back if they have a true cause. What an amazing story.  I do BELIEVE ... too.

Dec 22, 2010 11:29 AM #35
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Stacey Smith
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That is such an incredible experience.. I truly believe that for the most part people have good and generous hearts, but because of so much fraud out there it has made us all paranoid. But in this instance where someones circumstance legitimately proved that that person was in dire need you where lucky to be a first hand witness to people's generosity, that alone was probably a magical experience for you. Thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us.

Dec 22, 2010 12:34 PM #36
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all I have to say is WoW Andrea. That is an amazing story. I would have cried as well, but are so happy to hear you did something about it and the chain reaction your actions had with others to follow and create a synergy of good.  Absolutely Amazing :)

Many Congrats on your feature, perhaps this story will inspire others to do something so grand for others or even as simple as a hug :)

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Dec 22, 2010 04:03 PM #37
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Andrea Swiedler
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Thank you for all the comments. I am a bit under the weather today, trying to put this bug behind me, so I am sorry I am not commenting back to each and every one of you. Please forgive me!

Dec 22, 2010 05:22 PM #38
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Donna Foerster
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Thank you Andrea for sharing such a touching story.  It's amazing what people can accomplish when they are moved to do so. 

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Thagt is a sweet story. It is important to do something special for someone in need.

Dec 23, 2010 12:25 AM #40
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