“Despite her many hospitalizations, she maintains a positive attitude.”
When Kaitlyn was an infant, her mom began to have concerns that she was coughing too much and her weight gain was very little. At two months old, she had only gained 2 ounces since birth. After a number of tests with her pediatrician, she was diagnosed with a collapsed right lobe in her lung, failure to thrive, and cystic fibrosis which according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a “progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time”.
When Kaitlyn was 12 years old, she began to go to the Children’s Rehabilitation Services Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Children’s of Alabama to receive care. During the past couple of years however, more complications have begun to occur that are attributed to cystic fibrosis. Kaitlyn has had to be hospitalized every 6 to 8 weeks with each hospital stay typically being a week or longer.
This isn’t the end of the story for Kaitlyn, though. “Kaitlyn says that she is not afraid of her diagnosis,” wrote a Social Work Specialist at Children’s Rehabilitation Services in Homewood, Alabama, as she nominated her for Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month program. “She maintains a positive outlook on life. She is never afraid or ashamed to discuss her illness with others.”
Even in the midst of all of the hospitalizations and struggles that Kaitlyn has had to bravely face, she has kept a great focus on her studies and is preparing to graduate at the end of this school year with an interest in a career as a pediatric nurse.
It is with great pride that we honor Kaitlyn’s strength and determination by recognizing her as Kids Wish Network’s along with Children’s Rehabilitation Services’ Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Kaitlyn!
Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the country participate in the Hero of the Month program by each month nominating children under their care who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances with courage and bravery. Those recognized by Kids Wish Network as a Hero of the Month are presented with a Hero package that includes a gift card and other special gifts. Participating facilities tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of children. For more information on becoming part of the Hero of the Month program, contact us.