God Had to Be Fair
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We always knew our daughter Kendall was going be a performer of some sort. She entertained people in our small town by putting on shows on our front porch when she was only three or four. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and beautiful, she sang like a little angel and mesmerized1 everyone.
When Kendall was five, we began to notice that she was blinking a lot and clearing her throat frequently. We had her tested for allergies2, but the doctor said she wasn't allergic3 to anything at all. After the problem worsened, we took her to our local children's hospital where she was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome4.
It was pretty devastating5 because other children constantly made fun of her, and sadly, even a teacher teased her. When the tics were especially bad, Kendall had to wear a neck brace6. She only had one or two friends, but that was okay because they were -- and continue to be -- real, the kind who stick by her, no matter what. Through all this, Kendall continued to sing and entertain. Remarkably7, her tics disappeared when she sang.
We took our daughter from doctor to doctor, but all they did was give her medication that just made it worse, so we decided8 to go the natural route. Through chiropractic therapy, changes in her diet, and other natural treatments, the tics gradually lessened9.
In 2005 when Kendall was sixteen, we thought she was pretty much out of the woods -- or at least heading in that direction. However, as if Tourette's Syndrome wasn't enough for a beautiful young girl to deal with, a freak accident happened.
At a birthday party, Kendall hopped10 on a friend for a piggyback ride. He bent11 lower than she expected, and she jumped higher than he expected. Kendall flew over his back and landed on the cement floor -- on her neck. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital where she spent the next week, paralyzed from the neck down. Ironically, her biggest concern wasn't whether she would walk again, but whether she would be able to audition12 for American Idol13.
Doctors said Kendall had central cord syndrome. The pain was excruciating and required morphine to control it. Sometimes it was so unbearable14 she had to bite down on a toothbrush to take her mind off it. As the days dragged on, feeling returned to her left side, but she was still paralyzed on the right. We didn't know for sure how much of her movement would ever come back.
I believe Kendall wanted the American Idol audition so much that she willed herself to move again. One of her friends brought a microphone to the hospital and put it on her bed. Every day, Kendall tried hard to pick it up with her right hand. It was more important for her to pick up that mic than a spoon or fork.
Sometimes we all cried because of the pain we witnessed. But on the day Kendall walked into the stadium to audition for American Idol -- a mere15 three months after her accident -- we cried tears of joy. And our tears turned into shouts when she was given a golden ticket to Hollywood.
As a parent, you always think your child is the best ever -- that's just what parents do. But after seeing Kendall perform, I know she's one of the best, even though she didn't make it into the Top 24.
Kendall is eighteen now, living every day to its fullest. She's recorded a CD with some of John Mellencamp's band members. She's also on CMT's Music City Madness for an original song and video, and is having some good success. I'm absolutely sure she's going to make it big some day. Kendall just puts it all in God's hands.
When she was a little girl trying hard to be strong, she looked up at me, her big eyes brimming with tears, and asked me why she had to have Tourette's Syndrome. My heart ached to make the world right for my child. But I looked right back at her and told her the truth as I see it.
"Kendall, God gave you a pure heart, an angelic voice, a strong mind, and a beautiful presence. With all of that, he had to make it fair for everyone else."


1 mesmerized 3587e0bcaf3ae9f3190b1834c935883c     
v.使入迷( mesmerize的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The country girl stood by the road, mesmerized at the speed of cars racing past. 村姑站在路旁被疾駛而過的一輛輛車迷住了。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
  • My 14-year-old daughter was mesmerized by the movie Titanic. 我14歲的女兒完全被電影《泰坦尼克號》迷住了。 來自互聯網
2 allergies 2c527dd68e63f119442f4352f2a0b950     
n.[醫]過敏癥;[口]厭惡,反感;(對食物、花粉、蟲咬等的)過敏癥( allergy的名詞復數 );變態反應,變應性
  • Food allergies can result in an enormous variety of different symptoms. 食物過敏會引發很多不同的癥狀。 來自辭典例句
  • Let us, however, examine one of the most common allergies; hayfever. 現在讓我們來看看最常見的變態反應的一種--枯草熱。 來自辭典例句
3 allergic 4xozJ     
  • Alice is allergic to the fur of cats.艾麗斯對貓的皮毛過敏。
  • Many people are allergic to airborne pollutants such as pollen.許多人對空氣傳播的污染物過敏,比如花粉。
4 syndrome uqBwu     
  • The Institute says that an unidentified virus is to blame for the syndrome. 該研究所表示,引起這種綜合癥的是一種尚未確認的病毒。
  • Results indicated that 11 fetuses had Down syndrome. 結果表明有11個胎兒患有唐氏綜合征。
5 devastating muOzlG     
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.這是20年來破壞性最大的風暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情確實會對婚姻造成毀滅性的影響。
6 brace 0WzzE     
n. 支柱,曲柄,大括號; v. 繃緊,頂住,(為困難或壞事)做準備
  • My daughter has to wear a brace on her teeth. 我的女兒得戴牙套以矯正牙齒。
  • You had better brace yourself for some bad news. 有些壞消息,你最好做好準備。
7 remarkably EkPzTW     
  • I thought she was remarkably restrained in the circumstances. 我認為她在那種情況下非常克制。
  • He made a remarkably swift recovery. 他康復得相當快。
8 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
9 lessened 6351a909991322c8a53dc9baa69dda6f     
  • Listening to the speech through an interpreter lessened its impact somewhat. 演講辭通過翻譯的嘴說出來,多少削弱了演講的力量。
  • The flight to suburbia lessened the number of middle-class families living within the city. 隨著遷往郊外的風行,住在城內的中產家庭減少了。
10 hopped 91b136feb9c3ae690a1c2672986faa1c     
跳上[下]( hop的過去式和過去分詞 ); 單足蹦跳; 齊足(或雙足)跳行; 摘葎草花
  • He hopped onto a car and wanted to drive to town. 他跳上汽車想開向市區。
  • He hopped into a car and drove to town. 他跳進汽車,向市區開去。
11 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心撲在這項計劃上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我們盡了最大努力幫助他們。
12 audition 8uazw     
  • I'm going to the audition but I don't expect I'll get a part.我去試音,可并不指望會給我個角色演出。
  • At first,they said he was too young,but later they called him for an audition.起初,他們說他太小,但后來他們叫他去試聽。
13 idol Z4zyo     
  • As an only child he was the idol of his parents.作為獨子,他是父母的寵兒。
  • Blind worship of this idol must be ended.對這個偶像的盲目崇拜應該結束了。
14 unbearable alCwB     
  • It is unbearable to be always on thorns.老是處于焦慮不安的情況中是受不了的。
  • The more he thought of it the more unbearable it became.他越想越覺得無法忍受。
15 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
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