The world is full of opportunities. You have little control over the things that happen TO you, but you do have control over how you CHOOSE to deal with the things that happen to you. I want you to meet Ava, an 11-year-old Bot lover who has reminded me that truly EVERYTHING is an offer! Part #1 in June of 2012 I received this email:
“I just wanted to send you a huge thank you. My 8.5 year old daughter Ava was diagnosed on June 10 with type 1 diabetes. During our stay at Emmanuel Children’s hospital she was given a Brave Bot. It has been such a huge help for her when getting her multiple daily injections. She carries it with her all day and keeps by her bed at night. Such a simple concept, yet with beyond amazing powers. (you can see in the photos of her and her well loved Bot that she holds every time she has to get an injection). Being an amazing artist herself, she has raided our domino set and started making her own Brave Bots for family and friends.!” Sierra B. Ava’s Mom
Part 2 Update: July 4th, 2012
From Sierra “Ava gave herself her 1st injection today-only three into this type-1 diagnosis. Her brave bot has been with her every step of the way. I truly believe this little dude has contributed to reminding her daily that is strong, brave and awesome. So powerful! Best gift she could have ever received. Thank you Gary for sharing your bots! ”
Part 3 March 21st, 2013
Oregon Public Broadcasting asked me, Ava, and Sierra to do an interview at Randall Children’s hospital. It was the first time that Ava and I met. She brought her original Brave Bot which was so worn away from her rubbing and holding onto it. I brought a Bot repair kit: pens, lacquer, brushes ( seemed appropriate at a hospital). Ava she was excited and a bit shy. I was too! We immediately started to talk and work on repairing her Bot. We were interviewed along with her mother, and the child life specialist at the hospital. We all felt like rocks stars!
The next day I recived this email from Sierra:
“After the interview on Thursday Ava and were discussing “good” things that have happened to her since the diagnosis. The things that wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t have T1(we try to focus and dwell on the positive).
Ava said that Thursday was the BEST day of her life…..and she wouldn’t trade her diagnosis, if it meant not having spent that time with you.
That is something I never thought I would hear…you move mountains my friend….mountains.
Never stop…this is your purpose.”
The funny thing is that the Bots could stop tomorrow (they won’t) because if they can help Ava see some good in her diagnosis, then they have done their job already. The rest is just the cherry and whipped cream on top.