No child should ever carry great weight on their shoulders. Even so, the fact remains that some were forced to face enormous challenges that can only be eased by small-but-lingering gestures that help get them to get through another day.
This goes for those who suffer from debilitating diseases as well. With their parents living in constant fear of the worst-case scenario, these children tend to miss out on simple things they would have enjoyed under normal circumstances. Fortunately, there are instances when the strongest characters belong to those with the smallest frames.
Meet Alyssa Shepard, a 9-year-old from Chico Texas.
At nine years old, Alyssa Shepard became an inspiration for many grown-ups, particularly her parents, who are struggling with the intricate— and sometimes cruel— twists of fate.
You see, Alyssa has PCDH19, a form of epilepsy characterized by cluster seizures that manifest with little if not zero warning at all. Diagnosed at the age of 4, she has seen too much of the hospital than any child ever should.
Alyssa and her family have been facing her medical condition for years now.
Alyssa’s mother, Le Shepard, admitted that they always worry about her since they never know when her seizures could be fatal. Sometimes, the seizures won’t stop without medical intervention, leaving the parents with a nerve-wracking fear of losing her.
“I’ve lost count of the number of times my 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa, has been in the hospital,” she wrote in a story that first appeared in Love What Matters.
Of course, there were small rays of hope that got Le and her husband thinking that Alyssa might be one of the lucky few to outgrow the condition. There was also a time when they started weaning the pre-teen off her medications after she did not have any seizures for two years straight.
Alyssa was admitted to the hospital again.
But unfortunately, the worrisome condition remained. Le expressed her devastation after the seizures returned with a bigger, longer impact on the child. They eventually brought her back to the Cook Children’s hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where she received topnotch treatment.
However, this treatment wasn’t just medical procedures and medications— it was something that helped boost her young spirit as well as those around her.
Alyssa asked for a manicure and a child life specialist appeared with sparkling nail polish
At one point, Le revealed that her daughter requested a manicure when the nurse asked them if they needed anything during her regular rounds. Interestingly, her unusual request made her mother feel a lot more relaxed than she was when Alyssa was admitted to the hospital.
And the best part is, the hospital workers listened to Alyssa’s request. Le said a child life specialist appeared, bearing gifts of sparkling nail polish and other tools. After that, she went ahead and granted the sick child’s simple wish.
Son Buys Same Car His Mom Sold 12 Years Ago To Support His Musical Career
What a supportive mom – and what a loving son!
Good parents are always willing to sacrifice anything for their children – even their own desires and their own comforts in life. Case in point, one mother decided to sell her car 12 years ago in order to help her son who’s been dreaming of becoming a musician.
It’s a testament to the great lengths that many parents go through to support their children’s goals in life and fortunately, we eventually see the story coming full circle.
63-year-old Lynette Rothero sold her Ford StreetKa back in 2004 to buy a van for her son.
3 2018 World Cup Stories of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
Believe it or not, competitiveness is not the only behavior you can observe in events like the FIFA World Cup.
Kindness comes in different forms in the most unexpected places. While events like the FIFA World Cup bring out the competitiveness of people, it also brings out the best in them.
Proof of this comes in the form of viral photos and videos posted on social media. This year’s episode of the international football tournament held in the city of Sochi in Russia became an avenue for inspiring tales of kindness that will leave you speechless.
1. Japan’s Creed of Respect
The Secret 90/10 Principle
Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. Your day has started terrible.
Consider a situation: You're eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears.
After scolding her, you turn to your wife and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus.