31 October 2013

A Children's Hospital & Katy Perry

Maybe you've seen this video already.

Danny saw it and showed me later and said, "This will make you cry."

And then he cried while I watched it.

And he said, "This kinda makes me want to go to medical school."  :)


  1. That is really an inspirational video! Thanks for sharing it! I used to run a program when I was in medical school at the local children's hospital. We did art projects/music/poetry with the patients in the "play area" of the hospital. Just seeing some of those chronically ill kids power through the sessions and have fun doing things like making drums and beating on them was so great! Most of them were far braver than the adults down the hall... :)

  2. You guys know how to get me. That was great.
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Halloween.

  3. And it puts it all into perspective - Beautiful!

  4. This video definitely pulls at the heart! My husband went from a career in construction management to nursing (with plans to go back to school and specialize in a couple of years). It's been quite the change, but it's a career that allows him to serve and help people everyday as well as provide for our family so he is loving it. It can be done!

  5. Thanks for posting this Mara! I have heard about it, but haden't had a chance to watch yet. I am a nurse on the Oncology unit at our Children's Hospital and watching this makes me so proud of all our little patients. They amaze me everyday.


  6. sobbing as i watch this ... what bravery and spirit

  7. Mara, I'm very sorry to post this on one of your posts because it is completely unrelated to the post, but I am wondering if you or Danny could help me out with some advice. I'm feeling quite lost. I am in a relationship with a guy that I met over the summer (the end of June). He lives on the island where I work in the summer. For a little while we were just hanging out, but then when I had to leave the island we realized we had very strong feelings for one another and had to stay together. I was off to study in Spain, and while I was there, he was incredibly supportive, caring, and romantic, and one night called me at 5 AM to confess to me that he was in love with me. Everything was truly perfect, and we made a strong effort to talk to each other every day. We talked about future plans and how excited we were to start our lives together. We considered ourselves a family, because we each grew up without a full family and have always longed to feel that love and companionship. A crisis happened and I came home from my semester in Spain. He was so excited to see me, and I him. We spent an amazing week together, and had so much fun just doing nothing. We still continued to talk about the future, but I made sure to not bring it up unless he did first, because I'm weary of scaring a guy off about that. I went gentle on the future talk, and he talked about it freely and quite often. Flash-forward to the week later. We had already made plans for me to visit him next week. He left last Friday, and everything has been perfectly fine since. Last night I felt like our conversation was a little weird, so I asked him if something was up. He proceeded to tell me he was bisexual. I was completely in shock and didn't know what this would mean for our relationship. He told me it was nothing, but it still worries me a bit and I don't understand what to do or what that means for us. Then he fully opened up and told me sometimes he worries he isn't ready for a relationship so serious, and he feels like I deserve someone better. Keep in mind he is a completely perfect boyfriend to me; he sent me a letter the short time I was in Spain, he takes time out of his long work day to talk to me, he takes time off of work so we can spend time together. As I said, he does work a lot, he is trying to save money to go back to school, and told me he has been struggling with depression and anxiety lately. I have been quite depressed lately too, but our relationship was always a salvage from the sadness, and we have always been so happy when we're talking or together. So last night he told me he doesn't feel like himself, and he can't be my other half if he isn't whole himself. Which I agree with, but everything was perfect for quite a while, so I don't understand. I have gone through periods of not feeling like myself, but I didn't go so far as to say I'm not ready for a relationship. All I did was take some time alone and I was fine after a few days. He also said it would have been better if we met 6 years later. But I feel like we met at the perfect time and am completely satisfied with our relationship, and he always seems to be too. I am just so confused and feeling uneasy. We really are so compatible and happy all the time and talk about how our love story is magic. It's so confusing from going to being so in love and talking about living and a future together, to me feeling so uncomfortable. Right now I am giving him a few days to think and relax, and then I am going to see him on Sunday (his suggestion) and we are spending the week together. Last night when we talked, he told me not to worry. He said he still loves me and his feelings for me haven't changed at all, he just needs time to think. Please help me make sense of this situation. Could it just be that he is overwhelmed with responsibilities? I feel hurt and unsure of what to think. Mara, Danny, or anyone, if you could give me any advice or words of wisdom, it would mean the world to me. Thank you.

    1. Sorry you are having such a tough time. I'm certainly no relationship expert, but I think there are a few red flags here. I'm not by any means suggesting you need to end your relationship, but you may want to slow things down a bit. First of all, things tend to be "perfect" at the beginning of relationships, especially when you are not in your normal every day environment. It is easy to focus on one another and spend all your time together. The challenge is when you have that thing called life come along and you now have several different areas needing your attention. It's hard to balance it all. I guess what I'm saying is, I wouldn't worry that things are no longer perfect. I don't really think perfection in a relationship is attainable because we as human beings are not perfect. Also, it seems to me that there is a lot of pressure on a relationship once it is referred to as perfect. What I think is the biggest flag is his bisexuality. It seems as though he is dealing with some conflicting emotions. I wonder if he is truly bisexual or if he is in fact gay, but now confused by finding himself attracted to someone of the opposite sex. I have seen this happen with two of my friends and I can tell you trying to have a relationship while someone is sorting out these types of feelings is extremely intense and emotional. I could totally be wrong, maybe he is struggling with some mental health issues (you mentioned anxiety), which again (in my opinion), trying to have a serious relationship while struggling with these emotions is extremely intense and emotional. At any rate, it sounds like he is a wonderful person and your comments lead me to think you are a nice person as well. My advice (again, for what it is worth) would be to maybe slow things down but keep the lines of communication open. You both may also want to consider some type of professional help to deal with your depression and anxiety. At the very least, find someone you can talk to. I would also try mediation/prayer and starting a journal to convey your thoughts and feelings as you process what you are going through. I think you should both focus on being the best person you can be to yourself. One last bit, it sounds like he is a wonderful guy who is trying to think some things through in his own life and he seems to genuinely care about you. Whatever happens, try not to interpret it as something was wrong with you or feel hurt. I don't think he wants to hurt your feelings at all. Whatever he is going through, they are his issues just as your depression is yours and not his. My thoughts and prayers are with you and again, I'm sorry you are having such a hard time.

  8. This reminds me of the Seattle Children's Hospital Stronger video.

    Things like this always make me cry and help me to be so grateful for each moment of life. We spent some time in Seattle Children's Hospital last year when my daughter was diagnosed with Typy I Diabetes and the people who work there are just such special loving people. I'm sure that is the case with all the different children's hospitals throughout the country. So thankful for those people who give so much of their time and their hearts to our little ones when they are suffering!

  9. Love the video! Thank you two for putting the positive out there and helping so many people. I am sorry for your disappointment and sending you love and hope from Texas tonight. You have such a gift for expressing principles in a way that touches people and draws them toward a better being. I appreciate you and believe you have great happiness ahead of you still.

  10. Oh my gosh! This is my local hospital AND my friend's mother is in the video (one of the nurses)! My friend (whose mother is in the video) is a cancer survivor and this means the world to me that you have seen this and loved it! Thank you SO much for sharing this with your readers!

  11. He needn't go to medical school. I volunteer at our children's hospital and it is a sacred experience. I love it. This video was awesome. I cried all the way through. Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Hi! My name is Nate and I work at CHaD Community Relations and was involved in the CHaD ROAR project with an amazing group of creative professionals, Child Life Specialists, kids, and staff. Thank you so much for taking time to post the video. The response has meant so much to the kids and everyone at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Thanks! Nate chadhero.org/roar

  13. Thanks for posting Mara! I helped produce this project and I can't quite express what it has been like to see the kids and parents and staff of CHaD have such a positive and world-wide response to their video. The day I filmed the video was one of the best days of my life. I was blown away by this space where people come together to help care for and heal these young people and the absolute strength of these kids was unfathomable.

    I have a 4 and 2 year old and the little girl in the pink shirt dancing with her dad is 3, right in between my kids, and I wish you could hear her voice but she was the sweetest, funniest, brightest little person and kept telling her dad that "you are the best daddy" and telling us how "i heard this song in my mom's car" She has been battling cancer for most of her little life. Here was an article about her:


    Then the girl in the pink hat and green shirt who simply points at the camera. That was one of her last days sitting up. She has been in the ICU, dealing with massive amounts of pain as she battles cancer for the last couple of weeks. Her family has found great support and power in the video and glad she was able to take part in it. She told me she didn't want to dance or sing but she was happy to point and be on camera, and how incredibly powerful it is.

    I wrote more about the process and how it came together on my blog here:

    Thanks, Mara & Danny, for posting!


  14. It makes you have a happy feeling inside. Lovely!

  15. It just gives me a warm and happy feeling inside.


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