One Person CAN Make a Difference

WordPress.com has started a challenge for 2011.  The challenge is to either blog every day(Post a Day 2011) or at least once a week(Post a Week 2011 ).

I’m going to try the Post a Week 2011 challenge and try to post five times a week.

And what better way to start a challenge and a new year than to talk a bit about making a difference.

I think we all want to make a difference.  We all want to do better and leave the world a better place.  We’re there for our families and friends.  We volunteer.  We get to know the neighbours and make our neighbourhoods more friendly and safe.  We take a few minutes to listen to someone’s story before they go on their way, happy that someone validated  the memories and feelings of a recent or a long ago event in their life.  Big or small, our actions make a difference.

Our reasons for trying to make a difference are endless.  I read an article recently about a woman in Moldova who was told by doctors that she should put her son and daughter in a state-run home.  The doctors told her that her children would ruin her life and it would be a waste of their time to try and improve the lives of her children.

But Mom felt differently.    Lucia Gavrilita chose to keep her children and not have them live in a home where their care would basically be “sufficient food and medication to keep inhabitants docile”.

The article describes the disease her children have.  Son, Calin, and daughter, Elena,  “were born with a congenital disorder of glycosylation which affects the body’s ability to process proteins at a cellular level, resulting in multiple disorders ranging from a lack of basic reflexes, such as the ability to swallow, to a likelihood that any male sufferer will go blind by their 18th birthday. It is incredibly rare – there are just 200 confirmed cases in the world”.

Lucia also talks about the struggles and successes she has had, from being close to suicide, to starting a charity and becoming Moldova’s deputy disability minister and the changes she was able to bring to the country of Moldova and to disabled people.

Here’s the link to the article in The Independent.

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