What could be better than living a great, productive, and meaningful life, while also working a business that helps others? I can’t think of anything better than that, and I’m fortunate that, although we’ve had many ups and downs, I’ve been able to lead just that sort of life lately. Not a life without trials, challenges, and hardships, but a blessed life when I look at the overall picture.
I’ve had some great personal and professional high points lately. Personally, I performed in a four-show run of the musical Godspell with my local community theater. That was a lot of fun and a way to present a great message during this Lenten season. But, I’m happy the show is over and that I can concentrate more fully on my children, my music, and my business. My kids recently competed in a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser at their school, but I was unable to attend for the first time ever because I had committed to subsitute teach that day at the High School. So, I sent my camera with a couple of the High School students who were going to help with the event and had them take some pictures and videos of my kids. I was so impressed with my daughter and so grateful that I took the opportunity to capture that event even though I was not there! Even though I had written her a note so she could excuse herself and go take off her Cheneau brace for the event, she said she “forgot” and wore it anyway. It didn’t do a thing to slow her down! She jumped and climbed over and UNDER ropes, on the floor, completed obstacle courses, and everything else the other kids were doing. And, she did it WELL! How wonderful is that?! The brace doesn’t phase her or slow her down – she has developed coping mechanisms and she lives life to the fullest – pain free. Her life is not without hardships and challenges – but blessed overall. Everything I could hope for.
Professionally, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some new Spinecor patients who are looking for more comfortable solutions for their bodysuit needs. I shipped a bodysuit to an overseas desination for the first time, and developed a new standard size – an XS, that I hope to have readily available on my website soon for all the very young children moving into a Spinecor. A Mom contacted me needing help for her daughter, who is 4 years old and wears a Spinecor. It is my prayer that these bodysuits and all the others I make reach their new owner and bless them by making them comfortable enough in their brace that they can look at their disease of Scoliosis as a hurdle and an obstacle, but not something that will detract from the overall quality of their life. I pray that each bodysuit will reach the patient I made it for and help them work past one more obstacle so that they can go back to feeling blessed and loving life, with Scoliosis or without. What more could I hope for?