As parents, we just dive in and do our absolute best in providing the ultimate care for our child’s medical needs. I lived everyday knowing that my daughter’s care came first. But I also failed to look at myself; my physical and emotional wellbeing.

Knowing that I did not give myself the care that I needed, I thought about the “oxygen mask” analogy. When the flight attendant tells you to “put your oxygen mask on first” before helping others. We do this action so we can physically provide help to others. This applies wholeheartedly to caretaking. As parents, we need to take care of ourselves so that we can continue to give the BEST quality of care to our children. Always remember this analogy. It’s what helped me through my days of caretaking.

~ Lisa Borodychuk
Mother of Olivia Kay Borodychuk (10/10/08 – 4/28/17)


Dear Lord,
I ask for Your healing over every part of our lives.
Physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.
I ask that You make us strong and resilient for the days ahead and prepare us for whatever trials we are faced with.
I know You are the ultimate comforter; the ultimate healer.
I lean fully on You Lord, for You alone are able.
Thank You, Lord that no matter what we go through, You will always be there.
We pray this in Jesus’ precious name.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.