Most parents would do anything and everything to make sure their children are perfectly fine regardless of the situation they may be in. So when Erin’s dad decided to make a small sacrifice to make sure his daughter was perfectly fine it was not much of a shock, but the thought behind it is certainly the most precious thing ever! Sharing her story with Love What Matters, Erin explained, “My name’s Erin.
I’m 21-years-old. I live in upstate New York with my Dad, mom and two sisters. I’ve struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder and autism spectrum disorder since I was 4-years-old.
Later on, as I got older, depression played a huge part in my life, too. I’ve struggled with school and being bullied my whole life. My parents and sisters have always been there to push me and support me no matter what.”
Erin further disclosed that doctors told her parents she would never graduate from high school, but she proved them wrong when she graduated in 2015. However, when she got to college, her mental health started to decline with her OCD and anxiety getting worse by the day.
Eventually she had to drop out of school in October of 2017 and got admitted in hospital. While their, her doctor told them about a treatment that could have the potential to completely change her life.
She explained, “My psychiatrist, (Dr. Klopott, who has been working with me since I was 7) mentioned something that he had done research and come across Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for OCD and anxiety (which is experimental in the US). DBS is a common surgery for people with Parkinson’s, central tremors and seizure disorders.
For OCD and anxiety, the surgery and the placement of the leads is in a different part of the brain but where they place the battery in the chest is the same. I am the first one in my area to have this type of surgery done.”
“It seems weird I wasn’t even the most nervous about the actual surgery because it has so much potential to change my life. The thing I was most worried about was getting my hair shaved off for surgery. What 21-year-old girl wants to be bald? I’m super self-conscious as it is, and I hide behind my hair when I’m anxious, so this was going to be a huge change and super upsetting for me.
2 weeks before surgery however, I did decide to donate 8 inches of my hair to Pantene, so a cancer patient could have a wig and that made me feel a little better, but I still felt so alone.” She added.
When Erin woke up from surgery, it was the sweet surprise that awaited her that is the highlight of the whole treatment. She recalled, “When I woke up from surgery the first person I saw was my Mom and she gave me a kiss on my forehead and smiled and pointed to my dad and when I looked at my dad I don’t think I’ve ever had a more genuine smile on my face in my entire life. I have never felt more love than I have in that moment.
While I was in surgery my dad had gone to get his head shaved so ‘when I woke up I wouldn’t be alone, and we’d be in this together.’ The love he showed for me that day was truly something I’ll never forget. He didn’t have a father growing up, so it amazes me with how wonderful of a human and how kind of a soul he has. He truly has the kindest heart. Must have been my wonderful grandmother’s influence on him!”
“Just the other day I got my battery and programming turned on. About 4 weeks after surgery to allow the swelling in the brain to decrease. The battery in my chest is connected to the leads which wind up through my neck and go deep into my brain. The battery then transmits signals to my brain.
Right now, it’s on a very low setting because we have to be cautious of side effects, but I have already had some tiny victories when it comes to my OCD. I cannot wait for the programming to be turned up higher and to hopefully see even more improvements.
The moral of the story? Just remember to always hang onto hope and Always. Keep. Fighting. No matter your story, no matter your mental illness. If you have a family as supportive as mine you can and will get through whatever you are going through.There were times when I wanted to give up and call it quits but my family never gave up hope. This helped me never give up on myself.” She added.
Airline Crew Sing Happy Birthday To World War II Veteran Who Turned 101-Years-Old On Flight
In a heartwarming moment melting hearts across the internet, the crew on a Southwest Airlines flight serenaded a World War II veteran who turned 101 by singing Happy Birthday to him.
A sweet video that captured the moment was shared on Facebook by fellow passenger Samantha Goodwin, who praised the airline.
Along with the video clip, Samantha wrote on twitter, “@SouthwestAir being the baller airlines that they are took time out to sing Happy Birthday to a WWII vet.”
In the clip, crew and passengers can be heard singing to the vet, who turned 101 on 12 June according to The Daily Mail.
— Samantha Godwin (@WaldronSamantha) June 13, 2019
The main lights throughout the cabin were dimmed, as passengers switched on their overhead lights in tribute to the veteran as he made a wish. Creative replacement for birthday candles, don’t you think?
In response to Samantha’s tweet, the airline’s official Twitter account posted, “We treat our customers like family, and we’re so glad we were able to celebrate this milestone! Thanks for sharing, Samantha!”
The sweet clip has gone viral on social media, with people praising Southwest Airlines for recognizing the veteran, while others took the opportunity to wish the vet a happy birthday.
That was truly a sweet thing to do, don’t you agree?
Remember to share this story with your friends and family and give them something t smile about!
Woman Meets Her Soulmate after Stopping To Chat To Homeless Man
A woman found her soulmate after she stopped to have a little chat with a homeless man. 31 year old Jon Haynes was homeless and was used to being spat at and kicked by strangers as he spent every night near a seafront ice cream stand. “I got booted in the head a few times, and I was chased and spat at.” Jon said
However, a chance encounter led to him finding love in 38 year old, Katie Nicol, who stopped to hear his story, and now his life has been turned around. “I went to sit with him and said, ‘What’s your story?’ We just hit it off.” Katie recalled.
Soon after their first meeting, the pair started writing each other notes, which Katie used to leave in Jon’s shoes and Jon even wrote her some poetry.
Within three months, the two were in love. “We clicked straight away, he seemed so genuine. Every day we laugh. I went and sat with him every day. He said he wanted to change his life so we decided we’d work towards that together.” Katie said.
Jon, who had previously been hooked on heroin and hallucinogenic Spice, had been homeless for 18 months. He had also spent some time in prison.
Now, Jon is off the streets and has his own place to live. He also has a job as a gardener.
Jon says he had started to give up on life and a future until Katie came along. He says that he owes much of his dramatic turnaround to Katie. “She’s helped me a lot, in so many different ways. She was sending me those notes and I thought, there’s something different here. I really liked coming back to them.”
“I wasn’t worried when he first came to my house – I felt like I could trust him straight away. I asked him, ‘What’s your favorite food?’ and he said a roast dinner. He hates sausage rolls because he got given them all the time. He said to me, ‘I don’t want to ever eat chips again’. “Katie said.
Katie added, “Our relationship has got a lot, lot stronger. We just laugh together all the time.”
The couple says most people have been supportive of the them and their relationship. “We’ve had a mixture of reactions. The majority of my friends have been really supportive, however one has really had a major issue with it.” Katie revealed.
“But people meet on Tinder all the time, which I think can be more dangerous than sitting and talking to someone for four months.” She added.
After meeting Katie, Jon is back on his feet, he is happy and has something most people can only hope to find, love. What’s more, Jon has even reconnected with his estranged father who he hadn’t seen since he was six.
“I used to think about this when I was sleeping on the beach, that I won’t be here forever… Thanks to Katie, that was true.” Jon said.
Mom Mocked For “Spoiling” Baby With Down’s Syndrome – Writes Amazing Letter
At the very least, it can be very rude and annoying when strangers feel they have the right to jump into someone’s life and judge, give an opinion or make unwanted assertions. Sadly, for one mom, this has become something she experiences on the regular.
Kelly and her husband have adopted two children with Down’s syndrome, and often she is approached by strangers who have a thing or two to say about her kids.
One day, Kelly was carrying her young daughter in a baby carrier while shopping at a Target. As she browsed the shelves, she was stopped by a woman who had something to say about her little girl.
The woman reportedly said that carrying her daughter, Grace, would “spoil” her and prevent her from becoming independent. Kelly was shocked and understandably irked. Not wanting to react ungraciously in the heat of the moment, she simply smiled and walked away.
When she got home, Kelly sat down and wrote an open letter to the woman and all other people who judge her. Her words are so powerful that we believe everyone should see them.
“Dear Woman in Target,
“I’ve heard it before, you know. That I “spoil that baby”. You were convinced that she’d never learn to be “independent”. I smiled at you, kissed her head, and continued my shopping.
If you only knew what I know.
If you only knew how she spent the first ten months of her life utterly alone inside a sterile metal crib, with nothing to comfort her other than sucking her fingers.
If you only knew what her face looked like the moment her orphanage caregiver handed her to me to cradle for the very first time–fleeting moments of serenity commingled with sheer terror. No one had ever held her that way before, and she had no idea what she was supposed to do.
If you only knew that she would lay in her crib after waking and never cry–because up until now, no one would respond.
If you only knew that anxiety was a standard part of her day, along with banging her head on her crib rails and rocking herself for sensory input and comfort.
If you only knew that that baby in the carrier is heartbreakingly “independent” –and how we will spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years trying to override the part of her brain that screams “trauma” and “not safe”.
If you only knew what I know.
If you only knew that that baby now whimpers when she’s put down instead of when she is picked up.
If you only knew that that baby “sings” at the top of her lungs in the mornings and after her nap, because she knows that her chatter will bring someone to lift her out of her crib and change her diaper.
If you only knew that that baby rocks to sleep in her Mama’s or her Papa’s arms instead of rocking herself.
If you only knew that that baby made everyone cry the day she reached out for comfort, totally unprompted.
If you only knew what I know.
“Spoiling that baby” is the most important job I will ever have, and it is a privilege. I will carry her for a little while longer–or as long as she’ll let me–because she is learning that she is safe. That she belongs. That she is loved.
If you only knew…”