The Biorkman family celebrated Christmas last week. November 8th, to be exact. Is their calendar messed up? No, their timing was perfect.
Scott and Diana Biorkman's 5-year-old son, Noah, has neuroblastoma. Recently Noah's physicians determined that he was not likely to survive until December 25th. So the Biorkman's unhinged the joy-filled winter holiday from its end-December spot and ushered Christmas into their home a few weeks early.
This 1 1/2-minute video entitled A Boy's Early Christmas has valuable messages:
- Open and honest communication enables parents to help their child(ren) understand what is happening and prepare for the likely outcome.
- Just because losing a child is excruciatingly sad, the family doesn't have to feel sad throughout every minute of the child's dying process.
The lessons don't end with the videoclip. The world's response was overwhelming, with bushels of letters and cratefuls of packages arriving every day.
As verified by Snopes, the mother posted on their CarePages site: "PLEASE STOP SENDING CARDS AND GIFTS!!!! Noah is very ill. He is not getting out of bed and it's time for Scott, our families, and I to concentrate on our son. His time is very short and he needs us."
Healthy Survivors don't hesitate to tell others exactly what they want and need, even when it means telling people to back off and to respect their privacy.