In the not so distant past, in a land near the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, was born a beautiful and mighty warrior. To her birth she brought a whole lot of extra fluid, a few holes in her heart, an extra chromosome, and a triple dose of determination, drive, and the will to live. She determined that each and every day was a battle worthy of her fullest and best effort. She placed that motto firmly in her mind and began. She faced death – and conquered. She meet and charmed everyone she meet. They sensed inside that little warrior her unquenchable spirit. She faced down death again – and came off victoriously once again. She patiently waited as her naysayers listed the things she couldn’t and wouldn’t be able to do – and with patience and perseverance, she started erasing items from their list. She is the warrior, determined every day.
Bella amazes people that work with her. “She is a pistol.” “She is feisty.” “She is a fighter.” Yes, I smile, yes she is. I smile when it takes me and three other grown adults to hold her down for monthly blood draws. (I also cringe – I hate that we have to do this to her.) It’s that fight, that drive that keeps her going. It’s that drive that has enable her to make it to this point. To my Bella warrior! The definition of perseverance!