Learning from Savannah
In a prior interview, I had talked with Ashley who also has one arm. Savannah follows Ashley, so when she read the blog she wanted to share her story as well. She contacted me, and we scheduled our call. I saw so much of Ashley in Savannah that it was very interesting. Both women have a very gentle demeanor about them; they felt that they were very much here to serve. They are about the same age as well. Each of them is into sports and modeling, and both are here to help inspire other people and illustrate that it is okay to be different. There is always a way to figure out how to do things.
It was quite amazing actually!
Unlike Ashley, Savannah's husband has all his limbs. He saw her at volleyball, and he admired her tenacity, strength of character, and the beautiful being that she is inside and out.
Lessons I learned
Being chosen feels pretty good. I asked Savannah if she wanted to meet her biological parents, but Savannah felt very content. She was raised by parents who love her, guided her while allowing her to thrive. She did not feel the need to look into the past. She gave me a feeling of immense gratitude toward the family who took her in as she is and provided her an environment where she could thrive.
You can rebuild after abuse. The damage from an abusive relationship takes a deep toll. When Savannah spoke about wanting to help girls and young women, she mentioned wanting to focus on confidence-building and how to choose relationships. Despite her limb difference, this is not what took her confidence away, because she saw that she could do anything if she tried hard enough. The toll that a bad relationship took on her was harder to get over.
- Born to be of help. Savannah currently works as a respiratory therapist employed in a hospital with COVID patients. Despite having her challenges and difficulties, she knew she wanted to be someone who would help others, serve, and aid. She did not have an attitude of the victim or that others should be helping her. She is not a victim but a victor, and she is able and capable and has the desire to serve.
Savannah is such a beautiful soul: kind, soft-spoken and so incredibly mature. I believe that kids who are born with certain challenges mature faster, especially if they are raised by incredible parents who allow them to thrive at their own pace and encourage them to try and do and be. They are patient. They are loving and in the end, they have precious jewels for kids.
Savannah is certainly Kintsugi.
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