Inspirational Moment: Christy VanDeburg – Challenges Make life interesting, Overcoming them Makes Life Meaningful.

This Inspirational Moment brought to you by Christy VanDeburg. Star Valley, Wyoming

What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to go through in your life?

I thought I could have easily answered that until an event that unexpectedly occurred this last fall with my 14-year-old son. He came down with what we thought was a stomach virus that was going around the high school. Unfortunately, he just didn’t seem to turn the corner and get better. Almost 2 weeks into the illness and after consultations on the phone and in person in the clinic with doctors I still wasn’t comfortable with the fact that he just had a stomach virus or a water-borne illness like the physicians thought. After he woke up with an abdomen that looked like he was 5-months pregnant I took him to the ER. After an abdominal x-ray and then a CT scan, and consultation with the surgeon, it was discovered that he had a ruptured appendix. The surgeon felt it had probably ruptured 5 days earlier. Luckily, his body had created a capsule/abscess around all the infection in his abdomen. He had to be emergently taken by ambulance to a bigger hospital 2 hours away and have a drain put in his abdomen using a CT scan where they drained out over 1 liter of infection. He was in the hospital for almost 4 days because he had lost 12 pounds and had a seriously elevated white blood cell count due to the infection in this body. Luckily since he was normally such a healthy, strong kid he turned the corner quickly, but he still had to be on 2 more weeks of antibiotics and 6 more weeks of recovery, then another surgery to remove the remnants of his appendix. As a mother is was the scariest and most difficult thing I’ve had to go through. I felt completely helpless because no matter what I did my child didn’t seem to get better, even though I was trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately, he didn’t show any of the common symptoms of appendicitis, so it was very hard to diagnose. Thankfully, his body was very protective and didn’t allow the infection to spread throughout his body or he probably would have died. I count my blessings every day since then when I look at my 2 healthy children and husband. My 14-year-old is now completely back to normal and is in the middle of his first season of high school wrestling.

What did you learn from it that you could pass on to someone else?

From my experience this last fall I learned that as a mother we know our kids better than anyone. If you are feeling like something isn’t quite right even though your kid is tough and stoic, trust your gut and your intuition. Doctors are not always correct in their assessment and their care. Don’t be afraid to speak up and be a voice. Also, treasure every moment with your kids and your family and friends, you never know when something tragic or unexpected may happen and they may or may not continue to be on this earth. Family and friends and the memories you make with them are the most important thing in life!

What has been the Happiest Moment of your life?

The happiest moment in my life would have to be the birth of my 2 boys. Neither one were easy to bring into this world, but they were so worth it. Marrying my husband was a close second. All 3 of them complete me.

What is your Passion?

My passion is my kids – they are my world! Molding them into fine, considerate, productive, loving young men is my passion in life.

What inspires you?

My boys. They amaze me every single day with how thoughtful, caring, hard working, and tough they are. I wish I would have been as level headed and hard working as both of them are as teenagers.

What is your favorite Inspirational Quote?

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

How do you try to inspire others?

Hard work, kindness, and being a good parent and citizen.

One non-profit you support?

Star Valley Samaritans

What is one easy thing you can do to change the world for good in the next 24 hours?

Be kind and observant. Notice people in need and step up to the plate. Helping in even a small way can brighten someone’s day, and it may change their life for the better.

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