It was July 2013 when I went through a major 10 hour surgery after years and years of suffering. It was a very dark time in my life. Recovery wouldn’t be easy, but I had to get back to work in August 2013.
A time when I could forget everything and enjoy what I loved doing (my passion) was when I was teaching. Was it easy? Not at all, but September 2013 was a fateful time in my life. I was so very blessed to have the sweetest, happiest, most loving, strongest, bravest, kind-hearted boy I had ever met in my Kindergarten class.
Cayden was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and also was diagnosed with Diabetes 1. His parents sent me a video of what it is like for Cayden on a daily basis living with CF. My eyes filled with tears. I will never forget all the medications that were lined up on the kitchen counter. He takes 28-30 pills every day along with a vest treatment twice a day. He quickly became my hero and inspiration. I was amazed despite what Cayden endures everyday, he does not let it stop him from enjoying life and being the absolute most amazing boy. I thought if this 5 year old boy can still smile and enjoy life then so can I and I need to keep going. I went through another surgery in October 2013 and all I thought about was Cayden. I told myself over and over, “I can do this.”
And I did.
It was a blessing to have him in my Kindergarten class. My husband and I went to a fundraiser that April for Cayden and CF as well as walked in The Great Strides walk in May. I knew I wanted to be in his life forever. Cayden is such a special boy who is an inspiration to everyone.
Turned out that Cayden’s dad and Matt (my husband) started working together. Cindy (Cayden’s mom) and I started to become friends. Now we are all family. Cayden will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Isn’t it amazing how some things work out?