Happy Monday! Today I have a special card to share with you...a card I made for my daughter. Right now, she is in need of some extra encouragement. That brings me to the request part... But first, I want to share my card with you.
I chose papers and chipboard stickers that I knew Alison would love (all from Crate Paper) and then topped it with a sentiment from Verve's Words of Wisdom set. I also added lots of girly embellishments: Lace, organdy ribbon, Rhinestones, and a button!
Some of you might remember the struggles that Alison has gone through...and mostly overcame. For those of you that are new here, here is a short recap... Three years ago, she had a brain tumor removed. The exact diagnosis and origin of this tumor remains a mystery to this day. After the tumor was removed, she did have a lot of relief from the constant pain but was left with years of therapy ahead of her. She worked her tail off to regain the use of her left foot (the nerves were not functioning properly due to the tumor/bleeding from it) as well as to regain the cognitive abilities that she had lost. You might also remember my post about how proud we were of her after her first parent/teacher conferences we attended last fall (she was homeschooled up until this year when she entered high school as a sophomore). She was not only on the honor roll, but recommended to bypass some of her classes and go straight in to AP courses! Even though she had her down moments (I mean, who wouldn't), she mostly fought on with an amazing attitude!
Well, for the last few months she has been having more headaches and some neurological problems. Most she hid from us as she wasn't sure she wanted to know about them either. After she fell into our glass console table and we saw tremors on her left side we took her back to the Dr.'s office. Well, the tests are still ongoing, but they tell us she is having seizures. They are doing their best to find out why, but in the mean time this has changed Ali's life. With each seizure, her brain is "stunned" (as the Dr. explained it) and she continues to lose the function of her left foot again (and it is even effecting her hand). With two and a half years of therapy gone in a few weeks...and the long road ahead of her still (more tests and medications) she is very discouraged.
Normally I don't share a lot of personal info on my blog...as it is stamping related and I figure you all come here to see something crafty and not listen to me babble! :-) To see my daughter so discouraged and without her normal "fight" (even though I completely understand why) has broken my heart. I then thought of you all! Stampers really are the most caring and generous people...and I have been constantly in awe of you all! So I thought to ask you all for a favor...
Alison is celebrating a special birthday towards the end of this month (her 16th) and I was wondering if you might send her a birthday card? I realize that it might not be wise to post our physical address here on a public blog so I plan on setting up a post office box this afternoon.
Thanks so much for "listening"! Hugs, Laurie