Thursday, August 20, 2009
Against the Odds
I received a phone call yesterday at 10:30 a.m from the Brantford Expositor which is the local newspaper in Brantford. It was a very nice lady on the other end that was very excited to tell me that I am a nominee for the 2009 Search for Great Kids. This is a contest that they started running back in June. There are three categories, Personal Best, Against the Odds and Cool to be Kind. I was nominated for Against the Odds which defines as, someone showing great courage in overcoming a challenge to achieve a goal.
I was very excited about this, I never thought that I would be picked for something like this that will allow me to share my experiences and achievements during the past five months of living with diabetes. I was actually proud of myself, I knew that this was the point that I could say, "wow Kayla you are actually getting out there."
I was told, a reporter would be here to take my picture and sit down and have an interview with me. Last year at this time if you told me a reporter would come to my house to talk to me about my achievements I would have laughed at you and said, "what achievements?" But now look at me, I have something to share.
I am invited to a Gala in October at the Polish Hall. I am very excited not only to be invited to this but to meet the other wonderful kids out there that are totally making a difference. I know that in the end there will be one winner per category, ( right now there are four in each one) but either way I am appreciative of even being considered.
This is something that I only could have dreamed of during the nights I spent in that hospital bed. I can recall sitting there in the middle of night looking at the light on the side of the bed, looking up at the blinking lights on the wall and listening to, CODE WHITE, CANCEL CODE WHITE, and thinking, "what is happening?" I know now that the courage that I had to pull out from those hard days spent in the hospital bed have paid off.