Friday, March 6, 2009

Jackie's Story...

Well a couple of months ago, I got a text from one of my really good friends Jenna asking if I knew anyone deserving of a makeover?? I thought about it for a little while and one person kept popping into my head. I didn't know if she would like getting a makeover or not, but I decided I would enter into the contest anyway. This person was my little sister, Jackie. I wrote up a little story on her and had to submit it to Channel 2 news. Here is what I sent in:

Jackies Story

Well.. where do I even start?? Jackie has had a really tough hard life. When Jackie was 14 she randomly started having seizures. The doctors couldn't figure it out. She didn't get in an accident, she didn't bump her head, nothing. They were apparently brought on by "growing up." She would have a few a week, nothing major. Well.. with every seizure Jackie had, it slowed her down. Pretty soon she started getting really behind in school. Kids started thinking she was "awkward or weird." People on the outside had no idea what she was going through physically and mentally. She was only at school about half the time. All of the friends that Jackie did have ended up going on with their lives while Jackie had to start living hers at home. Seizures started getting more and more frequent. After 2 or 3 years, Jackie was a puzzle to the doctors. She was seizing every 3 minutes and had to be in the hospital constantly. It was BEYOND hard on my family and parents, but especially my little sister... to this day I have never heard a single complaint from that girl. She is the strongest person that I know. Seeing her go through something so challenging was the toughest thing I have ever had to go through. She has made so many people stronger for facing those challenging things and always keeping a smile on her face. Jackie ended up staying in the hospital for awhile. She lost over 30 pounds in there... she was so exhausted, couldn't stay awake for the life of her. Normally having 1 seizure would completely wear her out, and she was having one every 2-3 minutes for days on end. She missed out on everything. Her whole high school life. That was such a fun time for me when I was her age. It was so hard to see her miss out on that. Not being able to go to Friday night games, Junior Prom, dates.. anything.

About two years ago, (also Jackies Senior year of High School) all the specialists from around the country came together and had a conference on Jackie. A lot of them were completely shocked at her story. But they also said the surgery would hopefully help her to the point she would only have a few seizures a week again. The doctors finally decided to do it. She had gone through enough in the past 6 years. My family was terrified. We were told that she might lose a lot of her memory, have speech problems, among a lot of other problems. She decided that it was worth the risk and she wanted to go for that slight chance that she might be able to live a semi-normal life.

Well.. they cut her head from ear to ear. They went in and took out a 2 inch by 3 inch piece of Jackies brain. They thought they had gotten all of the problem area. The next day Jackie woke up. She remembered all of us. She could still read, write, and do everything BETTER than before. The girl suprised us all again :) She responded really well to the surgery.. for about a year her life was back to normal. Not a SINGLE seizure :) She was able to go out and get a job, try to meet some friends, and hopefully start living her life again. Well about 5 months ago, the seizures started again. We are hoping and praying it doesn't get back to where it was again.

Jackie is really shy now. Back before all of this started she had a cute group of friends, lots of self confidence, would dance around the house and just had a fun life. This situation has really taken a toll on her. I would love to be able to see her like that again and I think a makeover on my cute little sister would help to do the trick and help her be a little more confident. :) She is such a nice girl. Like I said before, I have never in my life heard her complain about her situation that she has been given. She makes the best out everything.. I wish we could all be a little more like her! :)


Well... guess who ended up getting PICKED??? My little sister!! yay :) Here are some pictures of that day!

The News Guys!






THE stylists!! :)


The blushing BOMBSHELL!!!

Jenna--Jackie looked fabulous!! You are such a great friend to me and I am BEYOND sad you are moving away from me. :( I'm going to miss you more than you will ever know! Love ya!!! and Jackie... you are such a great example to me and I love having you as a little sister! You are always such a happy girl even though you have had to go through so much in your life. Keep your chin up! :) and ANY AVAILABLE NICE, GOOD MANNERED, CUTE, RIGHTEOUS YOUNG MEN... Jackie is single and ready to mingle!!! :)

17 comments:

Mel said...

Tara that was really touching. I know that a lot of people read your blog & that after reading this they will be touched & be grateful for what they have. Jackie is an amazing girl. I'm sorry your she & your family has had to go through that for so long. It was fun to watch you guys that day on tv. She looked so cute! I could tell she was so nervous! Anyway thanks for sharing her story with everyone.

the hogan's said...

That is the cutest story ever, I am so glad she got picked. I have a cute single brother who is kinda shy but such a funny nice guy! He has had some health problems too so maybe they would have something in common!

Jason & Casey Coutts said...

Wow... What an amazing story:)Im glad she won!

Matt and Jenna said...

I'm so glad you posted!!! THANKS!! WHAT A FUN DAY!

The Ison's said...

I wish I would have known about this. It would have been fun to see you guys on tv. I'm so sorry that Jackie has been faced with this challenge. She's such a beautiful, amazing girl. Thanks for sharing her story with us. What you wrote really, really touched me.

THE BILLS FAMILY said...

That is such an amazing story Tara. That is so great she got picked. I am just amazed that people get handed such hard situations and yet they still don't complain. I need to learn a little from people like Jackie. She looked so pretty!

Jennie B. said...

Made me cry my eyes out! She looks so pretty!

Mike and Felisha said...

Tara that is an amazing story your sister is way cute and you guys all looked so cute on tv!!

Nate and Jamie said...

sniff, sniff! That was such a cute story. What a fun thing for your sister. I had no clue she had to go through so much medical stuff. Hope she enjoyed the makeover, sounds like she really deserves it!!

Hayley Neil said...

Jackie looks beautiful! How wonderful for her to be pampered and have her inspiring story told by her loving sister. I am going to send a link to your blog to my mama. She adores Jakie! Thanks for sharing this Tara!

Kara Denise... said...

Tara you did a wonderful job writing Jackies story!! What a cool experience for her and your family. I can't beLieve how strong her little body is!

Ryan and Jannali said...

great job on writing this story about Jackie! she is such a sweetheart and am so happy she was picked and wish her and your family the best :D

thehaagas said...

You sister is amazing and so cute. I am glad she got picked she really deserved it.

Thuescapades said...

Holy Cow! Jackie story strengthed me and I don't even know her. What an inspiration to anyone who thinks they have a rough life!!! I actually had a friend with similiar "growing up" seizures. She has since grown out of them. She even had children... it was terrifying for her but she took the chance and it worked out. Thanks for sharing Tara!

Melissa said...

I'm crying my eyes out! She's a doll! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us to be grateful for the small things in life that sometimes we don't even think about! I bet most of us don't even give our health a second thought most the time!

Gentri said...

Jackie is a beautiful girl and she is such an inspiration to me, how quickly I sometimes forget how tough other people have it and how wonderful for someone like her to constantly keep her chin up! Her makeover looks great and I'm praying she may have the peace she deserves some day!

the murdocks said...

Wow...what an incredible girl for enduring all that so early in life. The make-over seemed very much deserved! My friend started suffering from seizures about a year ago and the doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. They finally tried taking her off her seizure medication and she hasn't had one since. Same thing happened to her brother. Could that be the problem? Probably not...but it worked for her.

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