First i’d like to say that I am very grateful for the blessing that GOD has given me. Her name is Brittany and she is 8 years old. She came into my life when she was 3 years old and I have loved her like my own daughter ever since. She fought and beat Lymphoma by the age of 5 and then fought a type of leukemia less than a year later and has been in remission since October. She is definitely “the fighter that inspires me” and she is one of Jamie Grace’s biggest fans. We have listened to fighter so much I think I can sing it in my sleep – we call it our song. The first time I heard the line “she’s only 8 yrs old…. knows the names of every nurse she sees” I hit my knees and cried!
She has the biggest heart and kindest way about her – you would never know how sick she really is without asking because she’s always happy. She has had a heart transplant, lung transplant and a double kidney transplant. She just had surgery this week and was in ICU for 3 weeks. Chemo, among other things, has affected her mental development and she functions like a 3 yr old but through it all she has stayed strong and never lost faith in our Savior. She’s in church every chance she gets and when she is too sick to attend she holds church right there in her hospital room – everyone can hear her preach.
Just a couple years ago I was down and out myself and she looked at me and said “mommy, it’s all going to be alright. Because God’s got it all in His hands and He has a plan for you but for you to be a part of that plan you got to get back up and keep going and trust that He will fix it all.” At just 5 yrs old my baby girl had just spoken the wisest words that anyone could ever speak. And even now that bright young lady shows through from time to time.
Brittany lost her [biological] mom to the same fight she is fighting about 3 yrs ago and I have the privilege of being there for her as her mom until they can be reunited in heaven. I am so thankful for every second that GOD has given me with my little miracle. She is now a big sister to 2 little girls and a little boy and she has 2 big brothers and 2 big sisters as well and they all love and support her everyday. She inspires us all. Her oldest sister wants to be a nurse that helps kids like Brittany and her big brother wants to find a cure for cancer – she is their inspiration for those dreams.
As for me, my dream is to see her grow up happy and healthy and live out her own dreams. Because of my faithful little girl I know that it is possible because through HIM all things are possible. She helps me see that every day. Me and her daddy wouldn’t know what to do with out our ray of sunshine in our lives everyday.