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February 01, 2017

A Reason to Keep On Breathing

I recently gifted a Giving Key to my beautiful daughter. The last few years, she has been having a tough time in school, as she has been picked on and bullied. For as long as I can remember, she was always the first person to come to the aid of anybody who needed help and is as sweet as can be. Unfortunatley she never wants anybody to see how much pain she has been in, so instead of telling anyone, she puts everyone else first. This made it difficult for us to see what she was going through.

A few days ago we had to rush her to the hospital because she felt that she couldnt deal with the pain anymore. Fortunately, she arrived fast enough for them to save her, and although we all breathed a big sigh of relief, it really put things in perspective. I haven't been able to stop thinking about what could have happened, and about how much pain she must have been in for things to get that far. Personally, I feel like I've failed her because up to now, I haven't really gotten the opportunity to express myself. Although I always have told her how much I love her both verbally and with overloads of hugs and kisses, I feel like I wasn't there when she needed me most or wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been.

Well, timing is sometimes everything. Right after this happened, a coworker who recently went through a tragedy of her own was telling us about her Giving Key and how it has gotten her through some very tough times. A light went off in my head.

My hope is that with a lot of communication, things will get better. And I am hoping that when times get tough for her, she will be able to reach out and remember to Breathe for us and for herself. I also think that because she is so caring, she will find that looking for someone else who needs the Giving Key will keep her occupied and give her another reason to keep breathing. So thank you, The Giving Keys, for giving me some faith that everything is going to be okay. It couldnt have come at a better time.

-Jason

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