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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Making Emergency Visit to Israel...

I am making an emergency visit to Israel to tend to my daughter, who has severe RSDS/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, sometimes known as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome).  My Rabbi is trying to raise money to help fund the trip, as it is the worst possible time for us to do this: my husband is still looking for work while waiting to hear about his disability rating appeal from the VA, and I will be losing two months salary by leaving.  But something has to be done, as my sons are stressed to the gills, taking the part of their parents--in loco parentis--so it's time this parent came to care for her daughter.

I am asking for a chesed--a kindness--from anyone who can do this--please help support this trip by donating to my PayPal account on my blog.  Small amounts help too.  I am also looking for a free place to stay very near my son (close walking distance), where his sister is staying. Just a room with access to a bathroom, as my plan is to leave mornings and go to my son's, and just return to the room to sleep. All meals I will be having at my son's place.

This is my brave, brave daughter--known as Rambo on this blog--who was tough in everything she ever did: in attending,  for her first year, a high school here in the States with rampant anti-semitism, where she was one of the few Jews in the entire school, and where she sometimes had to 'run a gauntlet' of girls (street kids--future criminals) who were just looking to pick a fight with her--and she blew them away with her toughness (she used to go to school with a little Tehillim book in her jeans pocket); in leaving her parents to make Aliyah at 15, all alone, through the Naaleh program; in going to high school in Israel with minimal Hebrew, without any academic or emotional assistance from anybody; in enlisting, after graduating high school, in a tough combat unit in the IDF (by choice) and making commander and going out on missions; in trying out for and succeeding in some of the toughest training around to be a security guard after she was discharged from active duty--the only woman to pass this particular course--but who is not so tough now, and desperately needs my help. 

I don't know why this has happened. I don't know why she had to be hit by a car, and why she developed this awful disease.  I don't understand the ways of Hashem.  But there must be a reason and meaning to this terrible occurrence, which perhaps is too soon to see.  Or perhaps there is a much bigger picture, of which this is just a piece of the puzzle.

Whatever the reasons, I have to forfeit my job, my savings for my future retirement, because my daughter needs me, now.  No matter the cost, I am going to help her.

Maybe I'll see you there, in the Holy Land--Eretz HaKodesh.



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10 comments:

Batya said...

refuah shleimah, hoping to f2f

Lady-Light said...

Batya: Yupeedoodle (gotta keep smilin', or in other words: mitzvah gedolah li-hiyot b'simcha...)

Tzipi said...

I cant wait till you come. This is one of those times where you hold your baby blanket in bed and scream i want my mommy :)

JRS2276 said...

How much more do you need?

Lady-Light said...

JRS2276: I don't really know how to answer this. In addition to the cost of the trip, we both--my son in Israel and myself in the States--are giving up salaries to take the time to care for her, and facing major expenses not fully covered by medical insurance.

isrealreflection said...

Hello dear Lady Light,

first of all I'll try to make a small donation according to my abilities. I believe it is really an act of chessed to help you. Second, would you like to tell me the name of both your daughter and you so that we can pray for you?
Thank you and kol brachot Hashem, chizki ve imtzi.

Chaya

Lady-Light said...

isrealreflection: Thank you so much, for whatever you can do. My daughter's name is

נחמה צפורה בת אורה טובה

We all have to be strong in a case like this. But it is hard...

Harry Cullen said...
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Harry Cullen said...

I am trying to submit a donation, but it is not taking my credit card. is there someone in israel I could give the money to directly? I know some of your friends, and we actually met a few years ago, so it shouldnt be hard for me to meet up with someone that knows you. Just let me know who to get the money to and i will make my way there as soon as i can. you can contact me at izcohen2158@gmail.com

Lady-Light said...

Harry C. Already responded to you-thank you-have you seen my daughter yet?

 
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