Growing up, I heard a story about a young girl in Japan who was sick and she attempted to fold 1000 cranes so that her wish can come true. Throughout the years I have seen similar stories of people, inspired by this girl, who would try folding 1000 cranes. They were mostly people who were sick and trying to overcome their illness, or from people who would fold these cranes on behalf of someone going through a hard time.
I remembered this story one day after I found out about Piri's stage 3 kidney disease and picked up some colored paper made specifically for folding cranes and began to just fold. I don't know what I was doing but I was willing to embrace anything to help us through these uncertain times.
Here is the real story behind the paper cranes. Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. She died on October 25, 1955, from Leukemia. Sadako folded cranes daily hoping to create senbazuru (1000 paper cranes strung together) because a person's dream is believed to come true.
This story brings a lump to my throat and it makes me emotional, not only because it's sad, but also it's very uplifting and teaches me about patience, perseverance and believing.
After I shared this photo, people on Instagram sent us so many caring notes, messages and emails and began to fold cranes for Piri as well. Some also created a hashtag #1000cranesforPiri. You know, I sometimes get so disappointed in people, but there are times when they bring a lump to my throat. I'm so very thankful for the community out there who are all rooting for Piri. We can't cure kidney disease, but we do hope that we are stalling the disease from overtaking his little body through good diet and medication. He hasn't been eating well and hasn't been able to take his medicine on some days, but he also has some tricks up his sleeve and shows bursts of energy and appetite when we least expect it. The past couple of days he has eaten well and tomorrow we are going to a new vet for a second opinion.
We are surrounded by love. I hope everyone is lucky enough to have this kind of love and support when they or their loved ones are going through tough times. Let's all remember to show love to those around us who need it the most and graciously accept when it's given to us.
#1000cranesforPiri -- thank you everyone who send us messages, folded cranes and shared with us on Instagram.
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