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Wishing You & Yours A Very Joyous Holiday Season!

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I wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!  

This is a very bittersweet season for me.  My Grandmother (“Big V”) is not doing well.  She had a major health crisis on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, and is under hospice care.  She is still fighting, but we are uncertain of what will become of her over the next days and weeks.  

The past week has had me on a non-stop emotional rollercoaster.  I am not ready to say goodbye to her, but I am also not allowing myself to focus on the inevitable as she continues to fight each and every day.  Only God knows when that time will come, but I am glad to talk with her, and to have visited her while she is at the hospice house.  

One thing that my cousin told me to do during this time was think about all of what Grandma has taught me, and the memories we shared.  This week, I decided to reflect on one of my favorite Christmas moments between her and I.  

I was about 6 years old, and I had to go potty during the night of Christmas Eve.  As with any child, I was so scared that Santa would see me.  Grandma had to take me to the bathroom (this was before my rodding surgery; I couldn’t walk or bear pressure on my legs until after I had that surgery and got the rods implanted).  I remember her carrying me to the bathroom, and saying that we had to be very quiet and quick so that Santa would not hear or catch us.  Boy, was I a quiet little mouse that night.  Once I finished tinkling, she and I rushed back to the bed, and Santa did not see us.  

When my Grandma told that story, she always said how tickled she was that I was so quiet and did not want to be caught.  It is memories like these that I am holding dear to me right now, and ones that will forever be in my heart.  

All I want for Christmas is for my Grandma to continue to fight for however long she can.  She is a tough, strong, caring, loving woman; the Matriarch of our family.  Everything I am and will forever be is due to her; I am forever indebted to her in life and in spirit.  The bond we share is unparalleled – no one will ever love me, care for me, and support me unconditionally as she has in her 86 years.  

So this Holiday season, I ask that you keep me, Grandma, and my family in your thoughts and prayers.  And do make the most out of the Season, and every day, with your loved ones.  

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About Vilissa Thompson, LMSW

Vilissa is the Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization she created to establish herself as a Disability Rights Consultant & Advocate. Ramp Your Voice! is a prime example of how macro-minded Vilissa truly is, and her determination to leave a giant "tire track mark" on the world.

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