There are those who allow one tragedy to perpetually hold them down. They stay down without a struggle, never to see the beauty of day again. And then there are those who find meaning in being heartbroken and rise above the calamity to be a guiding light of hope for all who need it. Lilian is one such courageous person.
She not only recovered from the tragic loss of her baby but turned it into a crusade to help other parents in similar situations. She has put up a website dedicated to her son Vincent, runs an active website and forum on parenting and breastfeeding, and another that provides encouragement and information to caregivers of critically ill children. Lilian was also featured in In.Tech recently.
When we met after Mass today, she presented me with a book that she authored and published titled My Hero. This bilingual book in English and Chinese is a comprehensive guide for caregivers of infants and children who are warded in the intensive care unit. Within it are a glossary and notes on medical care, and most of all, the poignant journey with Vincent. The online version in PDF is available here. May God continue to bless you with courage and wisdom, Lilian. You are that flicker of light to many when darkness seems to last forever.