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A Granddaughters Love

Everyone knows how beautiful the bond between a grandparent and grandchild is but the one i had with my pop was truly special. My reprieve as a child was visiting my Nan and Pop's beach house out east and spending all weekend playing school with them. My nana was a math

teacher and truly encouraged my love for playing school and desire to become a teacher and even built a "classroom" for me in their spare bedroom. Both her and my pop would sit for hours on end every day I was there doing the elaborate lesson plans and tests I had put together for them.

My pop would always pretend to be the "trouble maker" student and would ask silly questions and constantly raise his hand to say "when is lunch time?" his little snicker that he would make when he was doing something "naughty" in class is still imprinted in my memory and makes me smile to this day.

Soon after my nana passed away in 2009, my pop's health quickly declined and he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. My family made the tough decision to put him into an assisted living facility, as the years went by and his illness progressed, he became more confused and

less able to do things on an own so he was assigned a 24/7 aid by the assisted living facility. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us all, the aid was not properly educated on how to deliver quality care to an elderly person with limited mobility. While my family and I were under the

impression my pop was receiving the best possible care he was missing his physical therapy appointments and barely moving out of his wheelchair. A few short months later he passed away of sepsis due to stage four bed sores. My heart breaks to think of the pain my pop must have been in yet unable to express it due to his Parkinson's.

After the initial shock of his passing faded, we decided to hire a lawyer and sue the assisted living home that neglected my pop. With the settlement money, I was able to get Kelsie's Barre up and running with my family's blessing. My pop is truly my angel and my guardian watching over the studio- it's what gives me the faith to keep pushing forward. I know he would be happy I used the money to follow my dreams of teaching and passion for fitness.

"A grandfather holds his grandchild's hand for a while and their heart for lifetime."

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