When faced with this question, I have to admit there are more than several strong people in my life. Many that I’ve known or know, have faced incredible odds. But I have to say my daughter, Holly, is at the top of the list.
Holly was born with nine birth defects. At six weeks old, the doctors told us that they didn’t know what she would be able to do: walk, sit, any control from the waist down, breathing difficulties, digestive issues and more. After her first surgery at 6 weeks of age, we took her home, bracing her 24/7 and performed other at home medical procedures, hoping she would grow, develop, thrive. And that she did!
Holly is now 32 and has been through 32 surgeries and had over 45 medical procedures. There have been times in the hospital when she told me she couldn’t go on but I encouraged her to hang in there. She did. I’ve always called her my “Energizer Bunny” and I still do – she keeps going!
When I have tough days, I remember everything the two of us have been through. Now as she is on the path to becoming a mother herself, it brings back so many memories for me of her childhood. The experiences we went through together were traumatic but I’ve learned many lessons along the way.
I’m working on my first non-fiction book about mine and Holly’s story. I don’t have a date for release but when I do, I’ll let you know. I have to admit that reliving some of these memories has been tough but I can see so much that I can share with others that could possibly help them on their own journey through the tough situations in life.