Instead of my usual Friday content, I’m running something a little different today. This post represents a promise I made long ago, that I would help a dear reader in need. So here goes:
Meet Shameme Adams. She’s a half-Asian, half-white English girl who loves silk brocade, has a puppet named Clifford, dreams of traveling to China someday, and desperately needs an operation that could save her life.
I first came to know Shameme by one of those lost arts in this day and age — a handwritten letter she sent to me out of the blue. Well, let me say she touched me with her spirit and optimism, not to mention the courage it takes to reach out to someone you don’t know and write such a heartwarming letter as she did. She also told me the story of her condition:
I sadly was born with a muscle disease in my legs and this made my legs stiff and weak and so once I got more mobile I would really struggle. In time all this struggling caused my spine to curve and twist — a condition called scoliosis. It’s been neglected in England (despite being under 3 different hospitals) and when my current spine surgeon said if I didn’t have surgery it would eventually claim my life I decided I HAD to do something and so looked online at Doctors elsewhere. I was looking for help further afield namely America and after a couple of setbacks found an excellent one in New York. I had to have money raised to go over there and I did a lot of fighting and battling. I saw him in New York at the end of June  and he was a lovely person (just as I’d imagined) and he can help me but it will be a lot of money. You see although he’s prepared to do the operation for free the hospital would still need paying.
She explained to me that, if left untreated, scoliosis causes serious problems such as heart issues and chest infections. She’s had chest infections so terrible that once she didn’t know if she had the will to make it through. But she has and she still continues to fight. As she also said, “I just keep up hope and positivity.”
In such a difficult year for John and I, Shameme often reminded me that sometimes we all must soldier on even as we face some of the most seemingly insurmountable challenges. She still sends me e-mails bubbling over with smileys, jokes and the kind of great spirit that you don’t often find in even the healthiest of people, despite the grave uncertainty ahead of her. Shameme truly inspires me, and I’d like to see her around for a little while longer.
So I’m asking you to pledge your support to Shameme in some way, and it doesn’t have to be money, either. Join her Facebook Group. If you know someone who could help her, consider getting in touch with her via the Facebook Group. Spread her story to people who might support. Whatever you can do, she’ll thank you for it — and hopefully live long enough to finally visit the China she always dreamed of. 🙂