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WEGO Health Blog’s Advocating for Another Carnival: August 26, 2012

This week, I will be posting a series in response to specific topics, as part of the WEGO Health Blog’s Advocating for Another Carnival 2012. You can do this too; click here for more information!

Day Six: Quote, End Quote.

In this post, writers are asked to write about a favorite quote.

I have a few favorite quotes, but there is one that has struck a particular chord with me in the past several months. I found it when looking for a bit of wisdom to inspire and support a family member at the time of his cancer diagnosis, and it spoke volumes to me.

“At the timberline where the storms strike with the greatest fury, the sturdiest trees are found.” (author unknown)

While these words imply the deepest suffering, they also suggest the growth of strength. Even when the fiercest storms bend the boughs of the littlest saplings, they can survive and indeed grow stronger by degrees. Over time, facing storm upon storm, these trees develop a deeply rooted fortitude that bolsters their survival time and time again.

The fury the storms that are T1D and SPD unleash on Madeline every day. Just a sapling herself, she has no choice but to stand at the edge of the timberline, bearing assaults that no child should have to bear. I want her to know that these experiences will grow her into the strongest of people. That she will be able to face any challenge because of the endurance she’s building by living with these storms. That she will survive, and even triumph, over time.

Madeline lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Sensory Processing Disorder.

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About Heather Garcia Queen

I am… a mother of 3 spectacular children. A wife of an architect extraordinaire. An MSW. A psychologist in an elementary school. A (wishful) writer. A protector of family and spirit. A worshipper of the natural world. A seeker of knowledge. A lover of the arts. An introvert. A silver-lining kind of girl.

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