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Zac and Mia is a show presented by AwesomenessTV that is live-streamed on GO90. You can watch it here. It began running this year (2017), and it is based on A. J. Betts’ novel, Zac and Mia. It helps shine some light on the cancer community, as it isn’t something that is featured often.
In the real world, Zac and Mia would have pretty much nothing in common, but in the hospital, where they’re the only two teens on the ward, they develop an unbreakable bond. If cancer is the variable that changed everything, the only constant is their ever-deepening need for one another.
A loved one is often the key when it comes to overcoming a personal obstacle or struggle. Without a friend, family member, or significant other, hardships can seem nearly impossible.
Part of the beauty behind Zac and Mia’s story is that they have each other to lean on. They make each other happy, or make each other “glow,” so to speak.
AwesomenessTV wants to hear about our own personal story about how we have overcome a hard time or a struggle. They will select one person as a winner, and they will make a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice in honor of the person who makes him or her glow!
As for my own story, I’ll tell you a little bit about a struggle that I’ve had to deal with recently.
My struggle is likely one that you have dealt with at some point. For most of this year (2017), we have been struggling with finances. Not only did my husband’s employer cut down on his hours per week, but it felt like we couldn’t catch a break when it came to our expenses.
Our plumbing got completely clogged up, our air conditioner started acting up during the summer, and both of our vehicles needed tires (among other things).
We had a hard time taking care of those things in addition to the bills, and it felt impossible to choose what got paid because they were all extremely important expenses that needed to be taken care of. We didn’t want to get a loan because it would only be an additional monthly bill. It was incredibly stressful.
In October, it got to the point where we were struggling to pay all of the bills on time. One of our creditors came and got one of our vehicles because we were behind on our car payment. We had a total of three cars but we were not driving one of them because it had a dead battery and a blown head gasket, which was causing a frequent overheating issue.
I had been trying to find a full-time job for a few months but I wasn’t having much luck finding something that would allow me to pick up our son from either school or daycare.
After about a week of only having one working vehicle, we were able to replace the battery in the one that we hadn’t been using. We have been lucky enough to only have infrequent overheating problems with it, but we knew that we have to get another car as soon as possible because it’s only going to last so long with head gasket problems.
It was over the summer, while we were struggling, when I decided that I wanted to continue my education so that we will be able to make a better life for ourselves. While my husband has been a huge supporter of mine and is incredibly great, our son is one of my main motivators.
I wasn’t planning on ever admitting this to anyone, but there were times this year where I thought some not-so-good things. The majority of this year was stressful and scary, and it’s not something I ever want to experience ever again. I’d never wish it on anyone.
I decided to share it now because I was asked to participate in this campaign by AwesomenessTV and, if I can help someone by sharing my story, it’s worth it.
Our kiddo is a little artist. He draws the cutest things and colors some beautiful pictures. On the hard days, I’d either look at him (if he wasn’t at school), look at one of his “I love you” notes, or look at one of his adorable drawings. The bad thoughts normally went away after that.
He’s definitely the main reason I’ve been able to get through and overcome the struggle.
This month (November 2017), I was blessed to be offered a full-time position at a place where I will be able to grow and advance as I progress in my medical career. I’m incredibly thankful that we were able to make it through a year of struggling and that things are looking up.
Share your story!
I’d like to encourage you to share your story, too. Sometimes it’s hard because we may feel bad or scared or ashamed, but sharing our story can be therapeutic and it may even help someone else who is going through the same or a similar struggle.
In honor of the person that makes you “glow,” AwesomenessTV is donating $5,000 to the charity of your choice. The donation contest ends on December 6, 2017 at 11:59PM, so please be sure to get your entry in!
I would love to hear your thoughts and your story. If you’d like to share, please feel free to leave a comment!