Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Day the Music Died

It's been over two months since I last posted on the MindBlizzard blog and it's been hard to get back online.

Back in december last year my wife and I and the kids were pretty excited as we were expecting a new baby, our 3rd. By the end of january we found out that the child we were expecting would be handicapped, but we did not know the extend of it. This was a few days before we were supposed to go on holiday. After three hectic days of hospital visits and medical examination the question was raised for an abortion.

We've always been Pro-Life, but that's easy when it's not this close. The baby we were expecting was kicking inside, it was alive. How could we...? Do we have the right...?

After a discussion with the doctors we decided to go on holiday, to get away from everything and have time to ourselves, time with our kids and enjoy the sun at the Canary Islands to get some energy to carry on with the medical examinations. It's been a hard week, but in the end it was good. We found our piece. We would let this baby live. He would get his chance to show his will to live.

Over time, the outcome was darkening and on April 18th our son was born, nearly two months early. After just an hour he passed away.

It's been a hard time, but we've had great support from friends, family, church, colleagues and what have you got. We're managing.

I went back to work, but it takes a lot of energy. Currently I'm in charge of a very exciting project; the worldwide implementation of a Corporate Social Network for Sogeti, based on IBM's Lotus Connections 2.5. The good thing is that I love my job, but right now, it takes up all energy I have, so you'll have to be patient a little longer before you will start seeing blogs at MindBlizzard again.

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Anonymous Stuart McIntyre said...

VeeJay, I had no idea...

There are no words that are right for such a situation, except that you will be in my prayers today. I hope that you, your wife and your children will come to find peace in what happened in the past few months.

In the meantime, if there's anything I can do to assist, please just shout.

God Bless, Stuart

Friday, June 19, 2009 5:55:00 AM  
Blogger Santi said...

Just three years ago our second child passed away the day he was born. I just want to give you all my support. Help your wife to over it, even though the whole family will miss him, she specially will. One day you will be all together the same way we will be.
Big hug from Barcelona.

Friday, June 19, 2009 7:25:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

@Stuart, Thanks mate. It's been pretty hard to get back to work, even though the work is exciting. It's also the main reason why I'm not really present during the beta calls on LC 2.5 but leave that to my engineers. Getting slowly back on my feet though and digging into Beta2.

@Santi, thanks for the hug... can't seem to read your blog though ;)

Saturday, June 20, 2009 12:46:00 AM  

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