Little Girl, A Lot of Support

Image via Addison Laine

Oh Jeeze. Today is just NOT MY DAY at all. I woke up this morning with so many unanswered questions, confusion, sadness, and as per usual for any college student, stress. I really was looking forward to just sleeping the day away, because quite frankly, as Hemingway once said, “my life seems to fall apart when I’m awake y’know?” Then, I got a text from my friend, Kaila, who informed me that her sister posted to her blog and to read it. “It would be worth it,” she said. Yesterday, February 7th, was “Wear Red” Day to kick off CHD Awareness Week. Marisa had asked her followers to please wear red in support of little Addison, so of course, I participated (pictured above and yes, I am aware my blazer looks orange, but that was the iPhone filter. It is actually red).

I have been following her blog since I randomly stumbled upon it one night looking for a little inspiration. Marisa Powers reminds me so much of my own mother: completely selfless, kind-hearted, and bold in her approach to life. When her daughter, Addison, was born with a heart condition known as Tricuspid Atresia (the condition can be explained in full here on Marisa’s blog), this woman showed a tremendous amount of humility, power, and grace. 
The truth is, that even though there will be hardships and obstacles to overcome, this little girl is destined to embark on a journey bigger than any of us can imagine. I guess that’s how I’ve lived so positively for nineteen years. Although we never know who will hurt us, what will impede us, or how much we’ll have to struggle (sometimes just to get out of bed in the morning), there is a reason for all things in life, good or bad. We don’t ask for these occurrences and on the most difficult of days, sometimes we question “why” because sometimes it does get to be too much to handle. However, I’ve learned that with the right support system and a little faith and determination, anything is possible and with the outpouring of love Addison received yesterday, I’m positive she’ll grow up knowing that despite everything she’s faced, she’s a warrior and stronger because of it. 
I’ll be watching her miraculous journey for days to come and I am so excited to see where life takes her.  With that, I’ll leave you with some words from one of my favorite songs:
Image via Addison Laine

Keep shinin’, little one!

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