One of the things that I (and a lot of other people) love about Sarah is her ability to smile her gigantic happy smile through everything. She has the most amazing attitude, and her perspective is wide open. She seems to be able to see more of the “big picture” than some of us, and always sees the brighter side of things. Attitude truly is everything, and when you have so very much you could complain about, it’s amazing how often she chooses not to…at all.
At our appointments last Thursday, she met with both of her cardiologists. Dr. Yetman asked Sarah how she was feeling. “Pretty good,” was the answer. “How’s your swelling?” “Not too bad. I can still wear my shoes.” Dr. Yetman lifted her pant leg to see some pretty swollen ankles and just chuckled as she turned to the student who was with her and said, “You’ll never hear this one complaining. You have to kind of read between the lines.” A very similar conversation occurred with Dr. Everitt. “Sarah, how are you feeling these days?” “Pretty good. I can still wear my shoes.” A smile. “How’s your belly?” ” Not too swollen. I still need a belt with my pants.” She smile again, and shaking her head she said, “Sarah, you and your Mary Poppins attitude….” I just couldn’t help but smile at Steve. She’s come a long way with that attitude, and I can’t help but wonder if she has that attitude because of all she’s been through, or if she was born that way to help her cope with all she’d go through…. Either way, I’m so proud of her and so grateful to have a child that can still find joy even in the most miserable of circumstances. Mary Poppins….practically perfect in every way.