It is pretty amazing how quickly a family’s life can change with one word. About a year after my wife and I were married, we decided that we were ready for a family. We were discouraged after about a year without conception. A fertility specialist concluded that with some of my wife’s problems, we may never conceive a child of our own. With broken hearts, we thought about other options.
We knew that there were a lot of children who needed homes, so we considered adoption. The adoption agency was so supportive. They helped many couples like us to get a child to love. Our social worker told us that we had to be patient, because finding and adopting the right child takes time. That was six years ago.
After waiting a few months, the call arrived. It was in the middle of December. The social worker said that they had a beautiful 9 month old girl who needed a home. We could not have said yes fast enough. Right before Christmas, we brought our beautiful daughter home. We named her Christiana, because she was our sweet Christmas baby.
Christiana has always been a happy and healthy baby. She is the love of our lives. Our daughter loves life and all the things she discovers. When she turned six years old, we began to notice changes in her. She spent a lot of time resting and did not have her usual energy. Concerned, we took her to her pediatrician. She just said that Christiana had a virus.
When she still did not get better, we took her to a specialist in an out-of-town children’s hospital. After some initial tests, we got the news that no parent wants to hear. Christiana was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that was like leukemia. We could only pray that it would go into remission with treatment.
Thankfully, she has been in remission and is doing well. While she was in children’s hospital, she got to talk to other chronically ill children Starbright World. This is a wonderful social network that was founded by Eric Pulier, a technical entrepreneur. Pulier is also on the board of the Painted Turtle, a summer camp that hosts children like Christiana.
I read that Eric Pulier is a graduate of Harvard and MIT. He uses his training and innovated thinking to launch numerous technical ventures. As a believer in giving back, Pulier is involved in several local and global charities. He started a non-profit called People Doing Things, a company that researches health and technology. Thanks to the generosity of people like Eric Pulier, children like our Christiana can blossom in the world.