When I first got sick I wanted to do something that would not only make myself feel better mentally, but would also help others. I decided to get involved with the very organization that gave support to my family when they were in need. I went on my first visit in honor of my 16th birthday and have continued to volunteer with them.
Yesterday two of my friends and I headed up to Stonybrook to deliver 4th of July gifts to the babies and offer support to any parents in need. I have been volunteering with them for 4 years now and each time it still "hits home for me". Seeing how small these babies are, and realizing that I was that small at one point amazes me. I really think that is where so much of my strength comes from. I entered in this world as a fighter and to this day remain one. Especially going through this injury now, it ensures me that if my little 2 lb body could get through that, I will be able to fight through this injury. It really just puts things into perspective and allow to realize how luckily I truly am.
After my friends and I were done at Stonybrook we decided to go out to dinner. It was perfect because Outback (member of GFRAP) was so close to the hospital. I don't eat at Outback frequently, but when I do I always know I am in for a good meal. They have an extensive menu (many of the items are taken from their original menu) which specifically tells you how to order your GF meal. One thing that I love about outback is they are always consistent. I think its funny how despite having many options to choose from I always get the same thing (the salmon) because I love it so much.
It was great to be able to enjoy a meal with friends, share some laughs, and have a feeling of safety because the wait staff is so aware of the GF needs. Two thumbs up to Outback!!