As a Hospital Coordinator as well as a part of the Editorial Staff, I am constantly reading the stories of children who have been through more than I could have ever imagined. The fact that they have been through so much at such a young age is remarkable in itself, but the most extraordinary part is (to me) the fact that these children keep up the most outstanding positive outlooks and attitudes!
These children range in age from 3 to 18 and there’s hardly ever a melancholy one in the bunch. There are kids who have been in accidents, had multiple surgeries, have lost family members in accidents that they, too, were hurt in, etc. It’s amazing.
When I was 18, I was attacked by a dog and my right hand (my primary hand) was injured. All throughout the surgery, the hospital stay and the therapy sessions afterwards, I was depressed and simply could not keep up my usually sunny outlook. Even after I regained the use of my hand, it took me some time for my bright attitude to return.
These children that are nominated as Hero of the Month for their hospitals are simply awe-inspiring. They truly deserve the recognition they receive through our Hero program and so much more. Everything that they have been through would send most kids through a downward spiral of bad feelings and depression, but these children are courageous and strong of both heart and will. They persevere and inspire everyone around them with their tenacity of spirit. They are wonderful and continue to astound me with every nomination we receive. Amazing.