As Green Apple Supply celebrates it’s new web design, I thought it appropriate to go back to the beginning and tell you the story of who we are, how we came to be, and how we got our name. So to kick off our new site, I hope to introduce you to Green Apple Supply in a series of posts about our history. First, who are we and how did we come about?
Almost 7 years ago, our daughter, Kiki, was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, a brutal auto-immune disease that left her limping, exhausted, and in terrible pain. After researching the disease and its possible causes, the most likely trigger was our home. At the time, we lived in Houston and our home (where we lived when Kiki was between 3 months and 2 ½ years old) was located on a plume of contaminated groundwater from which VOCs may have been seeping into our home. Her diagnosis immediately sent me into mama bear mode—I was obsessed with making sure that our family was, from that point forward and to the best of my ability, free from the threat of toxic chemicals.
Sometimes I think about how they say that everything happens for a reason. And those reasons sometimes seem sinister—like the day Kiki got diagnosed. They also say there are six degrees of separation between any two people. As I sit here today, I wonder if there aren’t the same six degrees of separation between those bad things that happen for a reason and the resulting good of their outcomes.
Our daughter’s disease was most definitely painful but it changed our lives in such a dramatically positive way. Without a doubt, my family is better off as a whole—maybe even healthier despite the arthritis, than we were previously. We immediately began eating more healthfully and extracting chemicals from our daily routine. We began spending time outdoors, appreciating our natural surroundings. We became environmentalists.
Everything may not happen for a reason, but it was in her disease that I found my purpose. I could not sit idly by while innocent children continued being poisoned by environmental toxins. I became an activist; an outspoken, unafraid champion for my daughter and everyone else’s and we founded Green Apple Supply.
The six degrees between our daughter’s diagnosis and today’s celebration are poignantly communicated in today’s date, July 30, my daughter’s 10th birthday. Looking back on the seven years following her diagnosis, I can honestly say that I have found peace with her disease. I can see that, regardless of the why and the how of our difficult situation, we are better human beings as a result. And as we celebrate her birthday and our re-opening, we also celebrate her blessed remission.
Happy Birthday to our beautiful Kiki!
Welcome to our green family.