Understanding another person’s struggle or situation is difficult if you have nothing to compare it to.
If you have never experienced anything like it yourself and have no way of knowing what they are going through.
But to be completely blind to their struggle? To not care? That is where my blood begins to boil.
To not listen to another person’s frustration’s or concern’s too see where you can help if it’s a moral and just cause?
To not attempt to gather as much information as possible in order to keep that person safe?
I can’t understand the hesitance.
Especially if that person is your family.
Especially when it means the life and death of a child.
I’m still learning about my daughters dangerous peanut allergy.
I thought I had something to compare it to because of her father having one but it turned out that hers was much worse.
Because of this I’ve had to understand his struggle more, and start to wrap my head around what her’s will be like. I’ve had to change my way of eating and living, and I’ve had to educate myself and everyone we come into contact with. I’ve started to ask questions, and listen in order to alleviate my anxiety and admit my fear.
But in the middle of all of this is a child.
A not yet two year old who I am here to protect, teach, and guide through life despite her allergy.
A child who will always have to question everything she eats.
Her survival will depend on it.
And without the understanding and support of the community around her and the family she has I shudder to think what the outcome might be.
The video is from children with allergies and how they feel about having them. It’s pretty powerful