Stephanie and I have had our lives cross paths many times over the last 15+ years and I have gotten to know some of her family over the last couple of years as clients in my salon. I reached out to her in September after seeing on Facebook that her son Aiden had been diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumor. Stephanie, her husband Josh and their 3 children's life have been turned upside down. She has also found some comfort in writing her story and Aiden's journey battling cancer and I have turned to it many times to inspire me through my journey. Her words are so raw and beautiful at the same time. Traveling from Ottawa, Boston and now Toronto her blog reflects what a strong mama she is. Aiden has gone through so much and is a brave, determined warrior who has incredible strength. A couple weeks ago Stephanie posted this amazing video of Aiden and his persistent in regaining his ability to walk again. I watched this video over and over, seeing a 7 year old boy work so hard and how much effort on so many levels he and his family are putting in everyday is so unbelievably humbling. On days where I feel low I turn back to this video, beside the Foo Fighters song (who are my ultimate favorite band of all time) Aiden's spirit shines through and pushes me to be better! Stephanie is a very strong woman who is raising a very strong son and my thoughts and prayers are always with them!
Read about her story here: mamaoutpost.com