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The good of all mankind

July 8, 2011 - Kathleen Palumbo
During my years with Town Crier, I’ve had numerous opportunities to speak with individuals who have either dealt with a debilitating illness themselves or experienced it through a family member. Just this week, I’ve done two separate stories on families dealing with the most difficult of all, the illness of a child.

Not just interviews, they are conversations; heart-wrenching tales of hitting rock bottom; shared raw emotion coming from people who begin as strangers and yet wind up feeling like friends.

Their stories, while tragic, are not depressing, but rather just the opposite. For with each and every one of them come tales of support from friends, family, medical personnel and even total strangers and although I’m certain none of these individuals would ever choose to experience their ordeal a second time, one of the ways in which they emerge changed is with a true belief in the goodness of their fellow man.

These newfound friends inspire me. I’ll watch for news of their success. I’ll pray for them and their families, and I’ll remember the heartwarming memories they shared of people who in every way imaginable made a very difficult time in their lives a little more bearable.


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