“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
While sharing my story of survival, I am often asked where I draw my strength. A short time ago I shared with you what motivated me and today I would like to take a moment to open up about the roots of my own indomitable will.
Nineteen years ago a nurse handed me an 8 lb 10.4 oz squirming bundle that completely altered my world. Most parents will tell you that all children change things but my oldest son really did alter my life. Scott was born with Severe Hemophilia A (his blood did not clot). The gift of this child determined that I would spend the majority of his early childhood by his side as a stay at home mom. Scott would soon unveil ADHD, asthma, sleep apnea and a generalized seizure disorder; life was not easy for Scott.
Scott has shown me what it means to persevere even in is most difficult of moments and I am consistently amazed by his bravery. While academics have proved to be a challenge for him, he is still pursuing his diploma and wowed us when he received his driver’s permit last week. He is now seizure-free and eager to explore the world that he has been so protected from.
I know that I can meet my own personal goals and challenges just by reminding myself of all that my son has overcome and accomplished by his own indomitable will.
Scott is an incredible testimony for the strength of the human spirit and he shows us that no matter how great our obstacles are, they can be overcome.
One of my obstacles in the near future isn’t about my caloric intake or letting go of the foods I love, but it will be about letting go of my son and allowing him to step out into the world that I have spent his lifetime protecting him from. This just may be my greatest challenge.