Sharing a post with so much heart: Happy Donna Day.

I was taking tomorrow off, until I saw this from The Lucky Mom about a very special story, about a very special girl. THIS is the power of our social world. To embrace a story of a mother and her daughter gone far too soon. To be able to battle a horrible disease like Pediatric Cancer, which our friend Faith also passed from early this year. Blessings to the families and their little ones who fight this battle and lose but also those that fight and still fight. Thank you both to The Monster in Your Closet ( and The Lucky Mom for your beautiful posts. And to Mary Tyler Mom ( who lost her baby girl beyond too soon, your spirit and hers is strong with you. Happy Valentines Day, little Donna and little miss Faith. You are missed here with us, but now you are the little angels that bring us grace everyday.

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And to read Donna’s story:



I had every intention of doing the usual commercially-driven Valentine’s Day festivities this year. You know, a basket of trinkets and sweets from the dollar store and fancy, store-bought cupcakes that we’ll ooh and aah over for a few minutes and I’ll toss by the end of the week while the kids are in school.

But I this morning I started reading Mary Tyler Mom’s post about raising money for pediatric cancer, and my plans quickly changed.

I remembered the flood of emotion I felt when I read Donna’s Cancer Story and my heart ached for her mother. I hope I never understand her pain. I hope you don’t either.

I thought of Donna, of all the Donnas, who aren’t here to open Valentines and squeal over balloons. And I just couldn’t bring myself to get in the car.

I walked over to my pantry instead and pulled out…

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Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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5 Comments on “Sharing a post with so much heart: Happy Donna Day.”

  1. Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson Says:

    I had read everyone’s pieces — except Deb’s. And taken together I was all: Sigh.

    When our son was born, he stopped breathing five times. The thing is: he started breathing again. I can’t imagine the horror these people experienced. We always give to our NICU — and we always give to The American Cancer Society.

    I don’t know if pediatric cancers are up, but I sure seem to be hearing about them more.

    And they are heart breaking.

    Thank you for sharing. And making those donations.


    • Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday' Says:

      Awww Renee, I know exactly how you feel all throughout this comment.

      I know your fear and can’t imagine what Donna’s mom and my little friend Faith’s mom have gone through having only walked a portion of the road they traveled.

      I am not sure if we all have more access because of media and social media sharing stories or if it’s up, but either way such a great opportunity to spread awareness and to advocate for funding and research to save these little ones and their family from such terrible pain. Thanks for sharing your story. ❤


  2. Katy Says:

    Awesome. It was a great Donna Day yesterday!



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