INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
CONSEQUENCES OF KINDNESS
by Cara Sue Achterberg
In this inspiring story, Consequences of Kindness, Cara reminds us that there is often a sunny side to events that at first might seem tragic.
They were living a fairy tale life, at least the kind of fairy tale life that includes healthy kids, a messy house, and a happy marriage, when a suspicious bald spot about the size of a quarter appeared on the top of Cara’s four-year-old son’s head.
The spot grew bigger and bigger along with their fears. They took him to a dermatologist who told them he had Alopecia Areata, a relatively common autoimmune condition. The doctor gave them a topical cream and said his hair would grow back within six months. Only it didn’t.
Early on her mother-in-law had said, “If that’s the worst thing that happens to him, be grateful.” At the time Cara said she wanted to smack her, but now she believes that with all her heart. If people ask, Cara tells them her son has Alopecia Areata, however most people don’t ask. They just assume he is a chemo patient. As a result, Ian receives amazing grace from strangers and has grown up believing that people are simply good and kind.
Confronting this mysterious disease helped Cara re-prioritize her family’s lives. She embarked on a new way of life for her family, which now includes living an organic life. She discovered that when you eat food from grass fed animals, vegetables grown the way nature intended and food created by your own hands, you think more clearly, have more energy and fewer good swings. So ultimately Ian’s Alopecia Areata helped them all to thrive. And baldness brought its own rewards to Ian, who proudly dons his baseball cap.
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