I am extremely honored and excited to share a bit about the significance of having our own Montana chapter of Make-A-Wish available to grant wishes for Montana kids dealing with difficult medical conditions. As a general pediatrician here in Billings, I have the privilege of caring for kids mostly when they are well and receiving their shots. But, occasionally I have a front row seat with a family who is dealing with a tough medical diagnosis. These families have the daunting task of navigating the complicated medical system in a rural state. They have to become an expert of a disease no parent expects to know much about. They live in a constant state of hyperawareness to their child's condition. They wonder how long this remission is going to last, what's going to be the next setback, what is going to happen next? All of this takes its toll.
But, here in Montana, we are all about resiliance. I see these families lift their heads high and face their circumstances with amazing dignity. The kids are incredible, usually being the true teachers and models of strength in such adversity.
You know in medical school, I never learned of any medication that could provide a dose of hope. But, the power of a wish can. Whether to become a princess for a day, meet a bull rider, or take a trip to Disney World, these wishes break through the routine of medical treatments, often painful and scary to kids, and gives them that whopping dose of hope they need to keep on smiling and keep on going. Please partner with me in providing something no doctor can --- Hope. Thank you.
Michelle Pierson, MD
Billings Clinic West