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When I was 13 my grandmother became my SHEro. A SHEro is a courageous, strong, selfless and resilient woman. She puts others above herself and stands up for what she believes is right. A SHEro overcomes obstacles and stands as a role model who faces adversity and thrives. When I was 13 my grandmother forewent everything else and adopted me. Looking back I know I didn’t show enough gratitude for everything she did for me, which was a big part of the reason I stepped up when she started needing help.
I moved back home a couple of years ago, after Granny’s 4th heart attack. You never really understand how important someone is until you almost lose them. The thought of losing her made the decision a clear one. I packed everything and made the trip back home, excited at the chance to have our relationship come full circle. She took care of me, now it was my turn to take care of her.
Everything was great for the first 2 years. 2 weeks before Christmas, Granny fell and needed help getting up. We’re a clumsy bunch so we didn’t think too much of it. Days went by and before we knew it Christmas had crept up on us. Granny was still aching from her fall, but she didn’t complain. The occasional wince or grunt would slip through, which caused me to worry. Finally, on December 26th, my concern reached full capacity and I demanded she go to the hospital. Her face was swollen, her speech was slurred, and she was in no position to put up a fight. When we got to the hospital I realized just how lucky we were.
For those 2 weeks before Christmas and on, my grandmother sat at home with 4 broken ribs, a punctured lung, and air under her skin (subcutaneous emphysema ). I’ve known grown men who couldn’t bear a stubbed toe and here was my grandmother insisting her pain wasn’t that bad. She was prepped for emergency surgery to reinflate her lung and spent the next 2 weeks in the ICU. She pulled through the entire ordeal amazingly for her age. I can only hope that, at 78 years old, I have half of the strength she does. Her strength truly knows no measure and I’m so thankful to be able to call her not just Granny, but mom too.
So, now we’re home and I do everything possible to make sure she takes it easy and lets me take care of her. That’s not always easy when you have a grandmother like mine, she has to always be doing something. In order to reach a compromise, I decided to invest in some things that make daily tasks easier. I picked up a feather duster with extended reach, an easier to push/navigate vacuum, and paper towels that get the job done the first time without ripping and tearing. I found Brawny® Pick-a-Size 8 Giant Plus Paper towels to be perfect for her, especially since their purpose is to inspire people to overcome life’s challenges with strength and resilience. They are made for each other. Not to mention one roll of Brawny® Paper towels offer more sheets to help clean up whatever life throws down and they come in an exclusive to Walmart, limited-edition Strength Has No Gender™ pack.
I’m also doing a lot of ninja night cleaning, just to make sure she’s not overexerting herself. I make sure to leave a few things, like a couple of pieces of flatware for her to wash, and maybe a puddle of water on the counter. Little things so she doesn’t feel helpless. It’s my turn to take care of her, and if that means letting her think she’s still taking care of me then that’s what we’ll do.
Strength Has No Gender™
My family has always been led by strong, independent women and I’m extremely grateful for that. I was never told “No, you can’t” or “That’s a man’s job“, instead I was encouraged to persevere in a male-dominated world. I wish more girls grew up with that type of motivation, and Brawny® is making that happen. With their Strength Has No Gender™ campaign, inspirational stories of everyday women across America are being highlighted and shared. These stories are meant to empower women to break down barriers in these male-dominated industries and to prove that Strength Has No Gender™. This Women’s History Month, tell the story of your SHEro with the #StrenthHasNoGender hashtag and encourage your friends to do the same. GIRLS INC. PARTNERSHIP MODULE SHEROES OF TOMORROW: Brawny® will donate a $100K and, will also give your SHEro stories to Girls Inc. to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Let’s shape a better future and prove #StrengthHasNoGender.