When I started writing, I chose to call this blog, “Maya’s Gifts.” Here is a little excerpt from the “About” page:
Maya’s life was a gift. I believe the saying that there is no loss greater than that of a child. I am living with this loss, deeply. It is one that I never wish on anyone. And as the days and weeks go on, I continue to uncover gifts that I’m learning from Maya; even after her passing.
It has been just over two years. Kind people of Consumer Reports approached us. My first response was, “why us?” With the weather turning, they were in the process of doing an issue on Cold and Flu Season. They were interested in including a personal story addressing the negative effects of DXM medications and were led to Mathew and me. My response most often is, “yes!” So, of course we would participate.
The process of sharing our story was challenging. It occurred over several weeks; an initial interview, a follow up interview, follow up email and then a fact checking session. The article is full of information that I did not know. I imagine most of it is new to you, too. Please read the article as it is a part of Maya’s story. Please share it with others, as it may be another sort of gift.
Photo of Maya was from our first trip to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in 2012. She was 11.
Heartfelt appreciation to Suzanne Levingston and Joel Keehn of Consumer Reports for their sensitivity.