This has definitely been one of my all-time favorite questions—the beautiful and relatable answers I received in return were such an honor to read!
Witnessing Kimball’s struggle with his body—and keeping him alive and well—has been the hardest thing I’ve experienced. It’s pushed me past my breaking point many times and I’ve never felt so weak. Especially in the first year and a half of his life, it was all I could do to hang on and survive. The learning curve was cruel. And yet, to my surprise, I’ve been able to look back and see the beauty it’s brought to our lives. As many other parents have experienced, I also feel an inner strength like none other. The resilience I feel in knowing I can survive truly agonizing events is empowering. And my love has expanded beyond what it ever was previous to Kimball’s arrival. While I would never ask for this monumental burden on Kimball, my family, and me, I can’t help but feel gratitude for who I am today because of it.
A huge thank you for all those who contributed to this beautiful tribute to the growth we can experience in the most difficult of challenges. They resonated with me so.