João had been living on the streets for three years before he walked into a barbershop asking for a razor so he could trim his beard.
“I needed to know what friends he wanted to come to his party so I could send invites. He said two names, but said they weren’t allowed to come. I didn’t understand. He turned around, at 10-years-old, and said one had told him their mom doesn’t like him and they can’t play with him.”
“Because nothing, I repeat, NOTHING is going to prepare you for what you are about to see.”
The most magical place on earth just got even more magical.
“Her diagnosis sent us reeling, but we decided we wouldn’t define Shaina by her condition but by her sunshine personality.”
“This time last year, I was waking up every day wishing I would die. Drowning in a sea of negative energy, I received a message from a friend who noticed something wasn’t right with me. Fast forward 365 days, I’ve never felt more alive.”
“We’re all struggling with something. Even if I’m able to help one person, I want to be able to do that.”
“‘You may not be able to lift your right arm above your shoulder again. It could cause damage to your vocal cords. And you may experience numbness on the right side of your face.’ The tears I had been holding back came pouring down my face.”
“I was saved by a nurse who must have been a mom. I begged her to help me, and told her I have a three-day-old baby at home. She assured me she would get me to my baby.”
“We walked out the store and I took a little glance at him. Next thing I know, I saw him running towards my mom.”