Prompt: List time! Write 5-10 of your favorite things about your loved one. Celebrate their uniqueness and be sure to tell us why those are your favorite things.
This is about my daughter, Sammi, who is 13. She has been diagnosed with Sinus Tachycardia, POTS, anxiety and depression. She also has some type of sleep disorder where she wakes up during the night and has difficulty going back to sleep and may have a type of processing disorder.
- She can find humor in almost everything. Even when things get rough for her or for others around her, a hilarious joke is not far behind. She cracks me up all the time. Professionals and other adults who have been around her just once recognize this ability.
- She is compassionate. Because of what she has been through (medical tests, visits to specialists and feeling different) she can sympathize with other children who have medical conditions, adults who are sick, children who feel left out and even people who are dealing with loss because of war and natural disasters.
- She is intelligent. She has always loved to read and that has broadened her knowledge. Because she has had a lot of down time, she turns to reading, current events, video games and her computer. Her vocabulary is like an adult’s. She can set up a smart phone and a computer program in no time at all. Her knowledge of politics and current news stories astounds me. It’s easy to have an adult conversation with her.
- She is curious and willing to try new things. When she was younger, she ate the same food and tasting something different was out of her comfort zone. Now she tries almost everything and looks forward to new restaurants, food from different cultures, etc. She’s a rambling girl who wants to travel to other countries and states, play in snow and go on more cruises.
- She doesn’t give up. School work can be difficult for her to grasp, especially math. And there are times when she wants to throw in the towel, but with support and guidance, she perseveres. As long as knows someone cares and has her best interest at heart, she won’t give up. It’s the same way with the medical stuff she has to deal with. She wants answers and the treatments that will make her feel her best.
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