Rachel is a sweet little soul. She has the face of an angel and the personality to match.
When we first met Rachel, we were in a small preschool type room with about 20 children and a few nannies. She took right to us. She played puzzles with us, and showed us the books she liked. She really liked books. I think we each read her a couple of them. We noticed that Rachel was very friendly with the other children too and shared easily. She had a beautiful smile and we just loved her.
Later on that afternoon, during the talent show we learned that she's not to keen on being in the spotlight. Rachel is very shy when she is the focus of everyone's attention. She pushed through the performance like a trooper though. When she forgot the words to her song, the other children chimed in to help her; it was really sweet. I can't blame her for being shy though. You know they say that the number one phobia people have is public speaking. It's something like 75%. I can totally relate to that. Shy or not, she still did a great job.
During the first part of our interview with Rachel, she was still a little shy. I'm not sure she knew what to think of all of these adults sitting around looking at her and talking to her and about her. It probably didn't help much that she had a video camera pointed at her. When Rachel recieved her giftbag, she was able to forget a little about all the strange people. She was very excited to see her coloring book. She really likes to color and her favorite color is yellow. Rachel always had a ready smile.
Her personality really opened up again when she was back with the other kids. She loved playing the games and was eager to participate in everything. She beamed when she was having some of Daniel's birthday cake.
Rachel is the definition of sweety pie. She is loving, friendly, and beautiful. Her Thalassemia, causes her to need blood transfusions every 4-8 weeks.
Please watch the video in the post earlier this week and consider talking to your doctor about Thalassemia. If you have room in your heart and home for this child, please give our office a call.