This is such an inspirational story!
Lorant Watkins tells a beautiful story of how a day old kitten was found on the roof of her barn and how her and her husband Jim's devotion to keep it alive has helped with their struggle in dealing with cancer.
When the newborn kitten was found, he still had his umbilical cord attached and was struggling to stay alive.
As she and her husband, who is battling cancer, nursed it back to health, Lorant details how saving a kitten, in turn, saved their own lives.
Before the kitten was found, a friend of hers had just passed away after a long fight with cancer. With the deadly disease clearly taking over her life, Lorant says that the kitten came into their life when they needed it the most. Naming the cat Ashton, after her young friend, Lorant says:
"I looked at the time of the update and figured she had died about the time the ginger kitty was born, and so I named the kitty Ashton. Through perseverance and a will to live life on their own terms, each had won their battle that day. I sobbed as I held the sleeping ball of orange fur. I pulled out the card that had Ashton's signature on it and put it next to the kitty when I put him to bed. I knew that the odds of saving this little guy weren't the best but I hoped that having an angel named Ashton to watch over him would give us an edge."
She also says that Ashton the kitty helps with her husband's recovery as well. She adds:
"The surprising side benefit of this little guy is he helped bring my husband back to the real world. Having to feed a kitty every few hours will drag you back to the land of the living like very little else can. His outlook after treatment was poor at best. He was stable physically but shut out the world and stopped talking to anyone, me included. Ashton brought him back to the light, even if just a little. First Jim saved him, then he saved Jim."
Read more of her inspiring story HERE.
Animals really do make life so much more wonderful and it just goes to show that in times of need, animals can help.
The (above) pictures show Ashton as a kitten right after being rescued and how healthy and playful he is now.