This is one of those stories that is so painful and devastating, yet so beautiful and inspiring at the same time. A mom and dad in Utah are making sure their 3-year-old daughter lives out her bucket list, since she's not expected to survive past this coming summer.
Little Mariah Teller was diagnosed with diffused intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare form of terminal brain cancer that comes on suddenly and progresses quickly. When her parents received the horrific news, they decided to allow her to make a bucket list -- even though she doesn't fully understand just how sick she is.
And on Tuesday, she checked one item off her list with the help of a news crew. She took a helicopter ride and was able to see her hometown from a bird's eye view.
Take a look at this video to hear more about how Mariah is spending the time she has left on this Earth.
Ugh. I haven't been able to get the lump out of my throat since I first watched that clip. It's so heartbreaking to think of that beautiful little girl's life being over far too soon. And I have to say, I'm in absolute awe of her mother and just how strong she is being for Mariah's sake.
Instead of being overcome with grief over the realization that her days with her daughter are numbered, she's making sure her little girl lives each one of them to the fullest and has the happiest experience she can. She's treasuring each and every moment she has with her -- which is something all of us need to be reminded to do with our kids.
So often, we take all of the everyday things that make the time we have with our children so special for granted. And hearing about what Mariah's parents are going through really puts things into perspective and reminds us to count our blessings every single day -- especially when it comes to the health and well being of our kids.
I will be keeping this family in my prayers for sure. No one should ever have to wake up each morning knowing it's one less day they'll have the privilege of spending with their child.
What words of compassion would you offer to these people?
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