I Need Your Help
On December 26, 2010, in New Year’s Resolution to Edit the Garden, I wrote about being inspired to edit my garden (and life) by my friend Kartik’s decision to simplify his life after visiting his family in India. The post really struck a chord with numerous comments, 107 picks on Blotanical by 33 garden bloggers around the world, and several links. I am writing to you now because three days after I posted, Kartik’s 5-year-old daughter, Tara, was diagnosed with leukemia. She is in the hospital right now for a minimum of 5 weeks receiving chemotherapy and will need two years of chemotherapy after that.
Kartik and his family have a long, hard road ahead of them, and I would like to ease their trip in even a very small way if I can. But how to do that? And then I read Allan Becker’s powerful post in which he describes garden bloggers as a “supportive social group that swarms around its members when they need to be comforted, validated or encouraged.” I hope and believe that what Allan says is true because I am appealing to you to help me provide a small amount of comfort to Tara and Kartik, whom I made part of our community through my original post.
Kartik says the hardest thing for him is when Tara starts acting wild from being confined to a hospital bed 24/7: difficult for an adult but impossible for a five-year-old. I would like to do something to provide a few moments of distraction for Tara every day. With Kartik’s permission, I am asking everyone who reads this post and feels moved to send Tara a card representative of your home state in the US or your country. Opening her mail from you will be a welcome relief, and I intend to send her a map of the world with sticky stars to mark the location of every card she receives.
Address: Tara Patel, 2216 Oakwyn Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444, USA.
My hope is that you will do this if you feel moved but not feel an obligation. Your unwritten thoughts and prayers are welcome too. If bloggers want to publicize my request among their blogging friends that would also be welcome.
Every day I try to focus on how lucky I am and avoid getting bogged down in the little set backs of life. I am not usually successful, but Kartik’s inspirational approach to life and the way he is handling his daughter’s illness will keep me focused for a long time now.