Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Humans of Downey - Stephanie


"When I was a little kid, I would always cut Barbie's hair. I don't know why, but I didn't like her long hair. I always wanted her to have a bob. They never sold her with a bob, so I gave her one. Also, I would cut my friend's hair. They were trusting friends plus, they couldn't see the back of their heads. Then one day I decided, I should go to school and become a hair stylist for real and get paid for it.

"I had my first child when I was 19 and he was born with a congenital heart defect. That stopped everything in my life. He had a hole in the wall that divides the two halves of the heart. The two major arteries were switched so that the only place where the blood was getting oxygen was at the hole. He has had multiple open heart surgeries and now he is an active 9 year old with a pacemaker. Going through that time has helped me to be thankful for the little things in life. For being alive, being able to live each day."
~ Stephanie

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