Kendal Grace Reese is my baby sister and I consider her to be one of the strongest people I laid my eyes on. She was born May 28th 2013. The day she was born was the happiest day of my life. Though I was happy, I was also sad because she was premature. Due to her being premature she was in the hospital for a couple of months. Those couple of months, I was so impatient. I couldn't stand the thought of her being so tiny, having to wait so long for her to reach a healthier weight and arrive home at a later date. The day she arrived home, I found out through Facebook. I was so excited. At the time, I stayed the night out but when I arrived home to her I was filled with joy. Kendal was sleep, but I waited for her to wake up for me to hold her. When she woke up out of her sleep, her eyes lit up like stars. I couldn't believe how beautiful Kendal was. Then I held her and while hodling her, I immediately fell in love. The love I felt was so different. Holding my baby sister felt like I was holding a child of my own. I was so elated. Every day that I saw her I was so happy to have a baby sister and that I had someone to look over. I enjoyed feeding her, burping her, making her laugh and looking into her eyes. As she gotten older, I realized that she had so much personality. Kendal was such a happy baby. She found joy in anything at only a couple of months. Not only that, she began to watch t.v. shows but her favorite show was SpongeBob Square Pants. When Kendal watched SpongeBob her mood changed and she would get so excited. When Kendal was about 11 months she was diagnosed with a terminal illness called S.M.A. (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). This illness affects the body by causing it not to move and causing the infant not to speak as well. When my family and I found out the news, especially my mom and step dad, we were all devastated because S.M.A. causes death. Though my family and I were devastated by the news we had to remain humble and take action. Kendal had to go through many therapy sessions, doctor's appointments and put on breathing machines. She constantly had to get breathing treatment, taking medicine, physical therapy on her lungs and suctioned continuously. My mom, step dad and nurses worked hard to make sure Kendal lived a full amazing life. Through S.M.A. Kendal laughed, smiled and showed so much personality. In addition, she was such a diva. My mom dressed Kendal in the most beautiful outfits. Kendal even made it to her first birthday party. Seeing her and celebrating with her was such a blessing. I began to try to form a stronger bond with Kendal. I wasn't sure how much I could do with Kendal because she wasn't able to move. My mom and I created some ideas for my brother and I to do more things with Kendal. There were times I held Kendal, sang to her, tickled her and spent time with her outside of our home on the deck while she watched SpongeBob. Though Kendal was remaining strong there were was a time when she was in and out of the hospital due to her heart rate. Kendal always made it through but later down the line things took a turn for the worst. Kendal was losing her fight with S.M.A. During the week of November 3rd Kendal was losing her fight slowly. She was still hooked up to her breathing machine but the doctors said that it wouldn't help any longer. On November 6th, Kendal stayed up throughout the night with my mom and step dad watching cartoons. The next morning Kendal finally went to sleep. My mom cooked breakfast, I was doing homework, my brother and step brother were still sleep and my step dad was was watching t.v. The doctors came to the house to check on Kendal. Kendal needed medicine. The doctor left to go get it and about 45 minutes after she left, Kendal passed away. The moment I realized Kendal passed away I suddenly broke down, went to the bathroom to scream and my brother came to the bathroom to hold me while I cried. My mom called the doctor and told her what happened. The doctor immediately came back to our house and checked Kendal's heart rate to confirm her passing. After her passing was confirmed my family and I held her and gave her kiss on the cheek. My mom and step dad took Kendal upstairs to her room, laid her down in crib to wash and dressed her. After she was washed and dressed, the rest of my family came to the house to console all of us. I left to go to New Jersey with my God mom to clear my mind. I came back to the house filled with so much family. The pastor from my mom and step dad's church came as well to say a prayer. After the prayer was said, I walked around the house, talked to a friend on the phone and sat in Kendal's room in her giant rocking chair. Sitting her room was very hard because of the love I have for her. I miss Kendal so much to the point I cry but I know that she isn't suffering and is in Heaven. Heaven for her is the greatest place because she can watch all of SpongeBob's episodes, walk and talk. Kendal's purpose on Earth was to bring everyone together and have them realize why life is precious which she did. Everything that I do is because of her and I'm going to make her proud. Kendal Grace Reese was strong, beautiful, and fought hard. Because of these characteristics, she is God's angel's in my heart. Kendal we love and miss you. Continue to watch over us all.
My name is Kennedie. I am a young woman still learning the ways of the world and how to manage. I am currently pursuing a degree in Mass Media. My purpose in creating my blog is to inspire others and to share as well as receive different points of view.