Grateful Beyond Words

One year ago this weekend, my eldest daughter lost all ability to walk, lift her head — all bodily functions shut down.  My son had to carry her to our Easter dinner where we all broke down in tears as she could not keep her head up to eat.

 Lizzie living life with grace and gratitude!

She had been diagnosed with MS but no one warned us this could happen.   What was going on?  Monday morning I called her neurologist and by noon she was in the hospital.  It is overwhelming to think — she was not dismissed from that hospital until August 1.    It was a roller coaster but through Mayo Clinic and our beloved Dr. Pardo – Lizzie finally received the treatment she needed to regain her life.

Lizzie with our beloved Dr. Pardo.

I had not planned to do this but I woke up this morning in tears.  I am so grateful for the healing of my daughter.  She was wheelchair bound when we brought her home in August.  Today Lizzie walks, teaches highschool and has a fully functioning life.  It is a miracle.

This week I will be offering freebies, giveaways and discounts on current and future courses.   My heart is so full.  I can’t help myself but rejoice this Easter weekend.

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  1. What a wonderful story. May love and peace follow you through life. Hugs to you and your daughter.

  2. What a wonderful, tearful, thankful story on this holiday weekend.

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

  3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful miracle!


  4. luckeyfrog says:

    Wow! How amazing. My aunt suffers from MS and it’s such a tough thing to deal with. I hope your daughter continues to do well with her treatment!

    Luckeyfrog’s Lilypad

  5. Wow…((hugs))
    First Grade Blue SKies

  6. Tricia says:

    What what an inspiration. By the way, you do not look old enough to have a grown daughter.


  7. Liz Mccaw says:

    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story. As a parent I know the depth of your pain and joy. Hugs to you and your family!!!

    Liz @

  8. Fran Kramer says:

    What a beautiful post. It reminds us to love and appreciate our families and all that we have. Thank you for sharing such a personal moment.

  9. Tara says:

    What a miracle and what a wonderful testimony that your daughter can share with others to inspire as you have done today:) God is so good! Have a blessed Easter!

    4th Grade Frolics

  10. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! Happy Easter & God Bless!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  11. Lyn Goff says:

    I can’t even begin to imagine watching one of my children go through what Lizzie has been through. I am in awe of the grace with which both of you live your lives. Thank you for sharing this and, as Fran says, reminding us to appreciate our children and all we have. Happy Easter!

  12. Cathy says:

    I am so glad your daughter is doing so well. It is a miracle, and fills us all with hope and faith. A reminder to never be defeated. I am so happy for you all.

  13. That is so wonderful! Happy Easter- new life, rebirth, resurrection, hope.

  14. Amen!

  15. What a wonderful outcome to a less than happy year ago. Definitely a well deserved miracle

  16. Heather says:

    Praise God! Thank you for sharing this Blessing with all of us! I pray you all have a Blessed Easter season!

  17. Teri says:

    I’m so happy for modern medicine and how it has transformed her life! What a blessing!

  18. Mrs. Cupcake says:

    That’s an amazing story! Happy Easter to you and your family!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  19. Tami Smith says:

    Oh Sally, this is just beautiful and amazing. What a wonderful Easter you and your family will have.

  20. S. Parker says:

    What a blessing. Happy Easter.

  21. AEK says:

    I started to read your blog when your daughter was at Mayo. It is so good to hear she is doing so great! God is great! Thanks for sharing such a blessed update.

  22. Holly Chenault says:

    So glad to see you beaming with happiness. Our children always find a way to bring out the best in us. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story!

    Holly 🙂

  23. Anonymous says:

    Honestly, the first thing I noticed about this post is that your daughter is an AOII. I am a Delta Theta Alum (from North Texas). I am so happy she is doing what she was called to do–teach and be a blessing for others in her life.
    Happy Easter!

  24. Barbara says:

    Wow! I’m so happy for you that your daughter is doing so well.
    Wishing you and your family a happy Easter!

    Grade ONEderful

  25. Quon_mom says:

    I’m so thrilled to hear about this great progress she has made. Thanks for sharing with us ?

  26. Carol T. says:


    You and your family are truly an inspiration. The struggle to keep going and remain hopeful could not have been easy but you did it with grace and kindness. Thank you for sharing your story. May God continue to bless you and your family.

    Carol T.

  27. Sally, My mom also has MS, she was diagnosed my senior year of high school as I was trying to decide where to go away to college. It was a very stressful and scary time for all of us. I’m so thankful that your daughter is doing well — thank you for sharing your story with us. Here’s to many, MANY more beautiful, sunny, and healthy mornings together!


  28. Anonymous says:

    So, So happy to hear that Lizzie is doing better than well. What a tremendous blessing.
    Michelle Rombow

  29. Praising God for healing with you!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful news!!! Lisa Waidelich

  30. Sally,

    So glad to hear that your daughter, Lizzie, is doing so well. Have been thinking and praying for her and for your family.

    We have such love and appreciation for Mayo Clinic as well, as they have been wonderful to me throughout the last few months, culminating with surgery on Good Friday. The doctors there are just phenomenal! The sense of caring and compassion is amazing.

    Well, happy Spring!

  31. Good news indeed. Glad the process was a smooth one.

  32. Sally I am so happy to hear about your daughter’s recovery. Thanks for sharing this great news! My whole family is sending you lots and lots of Brazilian hugs from Brazil, Tanzania and California, as we are scattered around the world. : )

  33. Km says:

    So thrilled, elated and over joyed for your beautiful miracle!!!!!!!!!!!

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