First of all I want to be sure that this is clear. I am not looking for any sympathy with this. It is not my intention what so ever. It something that I just wanted to mention since for some odd reason that after 8 month of my cousin being gone it just hit me like a ton of bricks.
My cousin, Alanna, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy the day she was born. In fact, she was lucky being born alive due to having her umbilical cord being wrapped around her neck during her birthing. But shortly after being in the world, the doctors told my aunt and uncle that she would most likely pass away due to the severity of her diagnostics. But by the miracle she didn’t.
She grew to be a fairly strong and happy young girl who always smiled even on her bad days (and she had a lot of rough and hard days). She grew to be an inspiration to everyone in the school district that she went to classes with. However, one day she caught a really terrible case of pneumonia and passed away, leaving behind a Mother, Father, 2 sisters and a entire extended family and community mourning her loss.
I barely had the chance to watch my cousin grow into the person she was before she passed away due to living in a completely different state. But after seeing pictures of her and talking to members of the community who came the the service I learned one thing. That My cousin was and always will be the strongest and most positive person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and being related to. And I can only hope that maybe some day, I can gain that same strength and positiveness from what she has taught me through her actions with others.
Lastly, after 8 months of holding it in. I would just like to say; I will always miss you, Alanna. And thank you for teaching me some very important lessons.