My Brave Daughter {A Week of Thanksgiving}

Thanks to Andrea Updyke, I’m joining other bloggers to write about A Week of Thanksgiving. I’ve chosen one of Andrea’s prompts: Someone who inspired me this year. My biggest inspiration is my brave daughter, Sammi. Almost exactly one year ago, she was diagnosed with sinus tachycardia. Any chronic medical condition is tough to handle, but for an 11 year old, it’s even worse.

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Sammi was scared, especially since the diagnosis has to do with her heart. Then having her classmates and others in school know about it, made it embarrassing. This was her first year of middle school and she didn’t want to stand out for being “the sick kid”. She was diagnosed with other medical problems, including Narcolepsy,  missed a lot of school, and for the first time ever, wasn’t doing well in school.

She did the best she could in school and didn’t want pity. She smiled or put on a good front through all of the doctor visits and medical tests. She even had to take classes at home over the summer to make up for her missing school work. Talk about a bummer. But, she handled her classes well. She even had fun with them.

And then the new year of school, 7th grade began. When she returned, she’s only be taking two classes in the morning and the rest at home two times a week. It was a big change, but the only way, her doctors believed, that she could make it through a school day. The only way she could focus on her work and gain back the confidence she had in her abilities. She was brave on that first day of school and continues to be to this day.

In fact, she had her tonsils and adenoids out recently and had to stay overnight in the hospital. She can’t take a lot of medicines that would make her feel better and cope better because of being diagnosed with Long QT syndrome, but she’s learning to deal with her emotions. And just last week, she earned High Honors in school!

Sammi inspires me because she’s dealing with problems a child shouldn’t have to cope with. She tries her best with her job (her school work), helps with chores at home and still is a loving and kind child.

Who inspires you? What are you grateful for?

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. She sounds beautiful both inside and out. How lucky you are to be her mom!
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  2. I would write a longer comment but I am too busy sobbing… just a beautiful post.

  3. How sweet is this post? xo
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  4. Tell Sammi that I am so proud of her. She’s overcome so much in this last year!
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  5. Yay Sammi!!! Congrats on high honors.
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  6. Aww! Sammi is the perfect choice for you for this post. Go, Sammi! I’m inspired by my dad who has been in poor health for the last 10 or so years. Seeing those around us have to deal with health problems and still keep a good attitude make us appreciate our life so much more.
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  7. What a strong woman she is. I would be bursting with pride just like you are! What an inspiration.
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  8. WOW what a touching blog. How strong is she and how proud you must be this was very touching and I cannot thank you enough for sharing. My 3 year old nephew is fixing to have his 3rd heart sugery on the 30th we have been very blessed to have him in our lifes and it is so hard to see someone have so much wrong with them but somehow they remain so strong even my nephew only being 3 he is amazing starting to ask questions about what is wrong with him yet he tells everyone everythings ok. I am sorry somewhat of a soapbox on your blog very wrong of me I know I guess it is just eating me up inside becaseu it is so close and one cannot help but worry about their loved ones. I pray for you and your family for you are very blessed and I am thankful to have read your post couldnt have came at a better time thank you for taking the time to post it is very touching.
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  9. little Sammi is so fortunate to have a caring and sensitive mommy like you! my son suffers from OCD and Depression and while these are not anywhere near as difficult as other issues, i am proud of him as he navigates to adulthood while struggling to keep these issues under control. getting a correct diagnosis was difficult and i’m proud to be his mama.
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  10. She inspires me, too. You also inspire me with how well you handle all that you do. Thanks for that post. I loved reading it.
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  11. Ivonne Dobrovski says:

    Wow this is such an amazing post, love it how you write everything out of emotions and from the heart ! Awesome for Sammi for having such a great mother like you !

  12. Such a wonderful kid she is. To be brave and cope up with everything in life is not easy. So many kids could have given up schooling. However, Sammy stood through all the tests of life. I am sure she will become a wonderful person in her life. You are gifted to have Sammy as your daughter and she is gifted to have you as her mother. I pray to God to solve all her problems.
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