A few weeks ago, I shared information with you about the UPS #WishesDelivered campaign. For every wish that is shared on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WishesDelivered (or on the #WishesDelivered site ) UPS will donate $1.00 to one of their charity partners (The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, or Toys for Tots) up to $100,000.00! Have you shared your wish yet??
I truly love my family. We are very close, and are always there for each other. Around this time of year, they are on my mind quite a lot.
This year, my wish is for my Mom and Dad to have a weekend getaway together. It is very long overdue, and well deserved. My parents have been through so much over the last 10 years, and I really want for them to have a little break away from home, where they don’t have to focus on anything but themselves.
My Dad was always a very hard worker when I was growing up. He worked crazy shift work in a paper mill, and put in a lot of overtime. After I graduated from high school, he decided to go to college. He could see that the paper industry was not going to be thriving forever, and wanted to have a backup plan in case the paper mill he worked at closed (and it has since closed).
My Dad started taking college courses, on top of working full time at the mill. Shortly after he started, he was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease called CIDP. This disease basically caused his immune system to attack the outer lining of his nerves and left them unprotected. It caused him a great deal of constant pain, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling in his arms, hands, legs and feet, his voice grew weak, and he became very unsteady. It was very difficult to watch him go through this.
While battling this auto-immune disease for several years, my Dad completed his college courses and earned a 4.0 GPA and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Human Resources. He has always been a very hard working and determined man, and when he sets his mind to something, he doesn’t let anything, including a painful and debilitating illness, stop him.
Two years ago, my Dad underwent an experimental stem cell transplant in Chicago. They completely destroyed his immune system during this procedure and the CIDP was gone. Over the last 2 years, he has worked very hard to regain strength in his arms, hands, legs and feet, and his immune system had to be developed again as well. It will take him several years to fully recover, but he is doing so much better than he was just a couple of years ago.
My Dad is now a licensed substance abuse counselor and has just opened his own counseling office. While my Dad was ill for all of those years, my Mom stood by his side and helped him in any way that she could. She gave up quite a lot to be there for him during his time of need, and never once complained. She has such a loving and caring personality, and it shows through her work as a CNA at a nursing home also. She treats her patients like they are family, and helps to make their final days as comfortable as possible.
My two younger sisters, their two children, and my sister’s boyfriend all moved into my parents’ house this year. My parents wanted to help them get back on their feet, after some setbacks, and they took them in with open arms.
My parents never have any time to themselves, between working full time and having a full house. I would absolutely love for them to be able to take a break away from home, even for a weekend, so they could relax and enjoy themselves. They have always done so much to help others, and they deserve this more than anyone I know.
I’m sure by now you have all probably seen the video of the little boy named Carson who wanted to be a UPS driver for a day, as it’s been taking the internet by storm. UPS granted his wish, and even gave him his own uniform and delivery truck. The excitement on the little boy’s face just makes me want to cry (I also blame the pregnancy hormones!). It is just so inspiring to see someone’s dreams come true, and leaves me with a warm & cozy feeling in my heart.
So, now that you’ve heard my wish, and Carson’s wish, I would love to hear yours! What would you wish for?
Remember to share your wish on Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #WishesDelivered, and then you can leave a link to your wish in the comments below. Your wish should be for someone else, and should be something thoughtful and meaningful. What’s your wish?