Why I Wear Gray

Roughly three years ago, my 12-year-old niece told her mother that she was having trouble seeing her school work. She complained that she could not see the homework on the table in front of her. My sister-in-law made an emergency eye doctor’s appointment for the next day. The doctor noticed swelling near the optic nerve and sent them immediately to the nearby children’s hospital to see a neurologist. By the end of the day, the family was informed that my niece had a grapefruit-sized tumor inside her brain.

This tumor had pressed on the optic nerve and caused her to lose her sight. The tumor had actually caused so much pressure inside her brain that if the it had not been caught when it was, she would have died within the week. Emergency surgery was scheduled. The tumor was not sitting on the brain, like many are. It was inside the brain and very large. Thank God the surgeon who operated on her happened to be one of the most skilled pediatric brain surgeons in America. He used a relatively new technique to remove the tumor from the inside out, leaving all surrounding brain tissue untouched.They tested the tumor, and it was benign.

We spent the entire day of the surgery in the hospital, praying fervently. She and her family spent many weeks in the hospital during her recovery. There were some fluid issues and subsequent surgeries and stints were required, but by the grace of God she made it through. She lived.

She is 15 now. She has been attending a school for the sight impaired and learning to read braille, along with many other skills. It has not been an easy road. She went from being “normal” and able to do everything on her own, to being “different,” having “special needs,” and requiring assistance in almost every area of her life. She has struggled. It is hard enough simply being a teenaged girl.

It hasn’t been easy, but she and the whole family, knows we are blessed. I wear gray for my niece.

Second Life is getting involved. I LOVE seeing people getting together to support a worthy cause. Wear Gray For a Day is a benefit to support the American Brain Tumor Association. Many wonderful creators have come together to make up the Wear Gray For a Day MarketplaceThe event started April 6th and runs until April 22nd. You will find tons of great skins, hair, clothing, poses, furniture and more! Each participating store has specially marked items you can purchase, with 100% of sales going to the ABTA. There are also hunt items that are only 10L, and all proceeds from these items go to the charity. If you would simply like to donate, there are donation jars scattered around the sim as well. Please check out the Wear Gray for a Day Blog for complete information on the event.

This skirt, the shirt in the previous photo and these shoes are just a few of the great items that are available for purchase, whose entire profit goes to the ABTA. Both poses used are from Frozen Panty Poses, and were included in the hunt item found in their booth at Wear Gray (100% of profits donated).

I strongly encourage you to shop for a cause this month! I wear gray for my niece. Who will you wear gray for?

Wear Gray For A Day, 2012 Marketplace

Credits: (items in bold were purchased at Wear Gray Marketplace from specially marked vendors, whose entitre purchase price goes to the American Brain Tumor Association)

Outfit 1:
Top: *RezIpsa Loc*- Baseball Tee, Pink Brain Bulb
Shorts: Doppelganger Inc.- Everyday Jean Shorts
Feet: Slink- Womens Natural Barefeet (rigged mesh)
Lipgloss: (Ag)- bitten lipstain
Eyes: IKON- ‘Sunrise’ Eyes
Lashes: Pink Acid- Exotic Top Alpha Eyelashes
Hair: [elikatira]- Other
Shape: Mine
Skin: -Glam Affair- Leah
Pose: Frozen Panty Poses

Outfit 2:
Top: {mon tissu}- Lace crop Top
Skirt: My Precious Fashion House- Agnes Summer Bliss Skirt (Agnes Finney)
Shoes: !::je suis… brillante::Ballet Flats::Pink::WG2012 Exclusive
Lipgloss: (Ag)- bitten lipstain
Eyes: IKON- ‘Sunrise’ Eyes
Lashes: Pink Acid- Exotic Top Alpha Eyelashes
Hair: [elikatira]- Parade
Shape: Mine
Skin: -Glam Affair- Leah
*Pose: Frozen Panty Poses

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