My cousin sent me this inspirational quote the other day stating, "This made me think of you Jean."
I read it and thought wow, this is amazing. Quickly, I decided that this isn't me at all. I re-read it again and realized that the traits included in this quote indeed describe me to a tee. My life was never easy. I had to prove to others that I could succeed, even if I had failed. I grew up enduring countless medical examinations with a smile on my face and hope in my heart.
Because of my life experiences I have so much compassion for what others are going through. On my most difficult of days I always give thanks because I know there are those who are worse off. I've been this way ever since I was a young child. What kid thinks like that? I guess this one did.
I may not consider myself beautiful, but I do consider myself strong, forgiving, caring, loving and understanding, which in turn makes me beautiful.
As you drift off to sleep tonight, think about your daily actions and purpose in life. Then ask yourself, Does this make me beautiful?
After living the first 33 years of my life thinking I had Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebal Palsey, I was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD). I am on new medication and doing things that I never imagined possible. This has changed the lives of my husband and two daughters. I truly believe that I am living a miracle each and every day. Life can't get any better than this!