But she's going to die anyway?... A commonly held opinion and statement when I decided to adopt this wonderful little girl. Not a very convincing argument considering we're all going to die anyway.

But aren't you afraid you're going to get to close to her?... That certainly was my intention. You don't alienate a human being when you know he or she has a terminal illness. The point was to establish and prolong quality of life

What if you "catch" it?... Yes, I did catch it. Thank god I caught it. I caught the meaning and substance of unconditional love after 40 years of searching and it came to me through this little girl.

I have felt the sting of criticism and endured ignorance, apathy and discrimination. All in the name of being a mother. To those who have endured the same may they find comfort in this passage from Charlotte's Web :

"You have been my friend, that in itself is a tremendous thing. after all, what's a life anyway. We're born, we live, we die. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows, anyone's life can stand a little of that."

- Laura and Jimiya Poisel
North Liberty, Iowa