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“I will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

Posted May 24 2013 11:47am

“I will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

I have no idea why songs keep becoming a point of reference for me but they do. I have been reminded lately that we never go through anything that we can’t truly handle. Too, there are some true survivors out there that have beat some pretty bad odds and come across on the other side, better than ever.

I know that we recently celebrated Mother’s Day and I am so thankful for all of the great Moms, Sisters, and Friends that have made it through the battle against breast cancer or any struggle that they may have faced. My youngest sister is one of those people.

16 years ago, not only was there a chance that she would not be here today but a huge chance that she may not have walked again yet alone have children. My sister, Haley, was diagnosed her senior year in high school with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It is a serious disorder that occurs when the body’s defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks the peripheral nervous system. My sister became a full quadriplegic (paralyzed from head to toe) before eventually making a full recovery. She was in the Neurosensory ICU unit at The Methodist Hospital for two months and eventually went to TIRR to learn to walk, eat, tie her shoes and all other day-to-day activities. She came home in a wheelchair and was in outpatient for over a year at TIRR until eventually making a full recovery. Today she lives a full and normal life and Tuesday, she gave birth to a new baby girl, London Kyla Clark. This is her third child, third daughter and all three are my pride and joy.

Haley's Girls - Chloe - 13, Sage - 3 and London - 3 days old

Haley’s Girls – Chloe – 13, Sage – 3 and London – 3 days old

I have seen many people survive many illnesses including friends who have battled breast cancer. I am in awe of each and every one of them and their ability to fight their hardest, make it through and are now true survivors. This week I have been reminded about the simple joys of life and how true miracles happen. This weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day and those who have served this country, I will be reminded of how many people have survived the toughest obstacles in life.

You are all survivors and my heroes. Kudos to the Survivors!

-Kristi


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