Angela's Angle - The best Christmas gift

Dec. 14, 2010

Angela's Angle Archive

Welcoming a guest blogger

By Angela Puleo

As some of you know Rebecca Silinski's sister has been sick with Lyme disease for the past three years. Kaitlyn, along with the rest of the family, had to pack up and move to Kansas City to start a more intense treatment. Kaitlyn's condition has improved over the past several months so the Silinski's got to hit the road (in a very hip RV) to move back home to Birmingham this weekend. Jence and I were lucky enough to accompany Rebecca to greet her family when they returned on Sunday night.

Not many people can say that they have witnessed a miracle, but after this weekend, I can say, with confidence, that I have now witnessed one. I have never seen such a beautiful moment when Kaitlyn emerged from the RV and was surprised to see Rebecca standing there waiting for her. I cannot even begin to explain what a strong young lady Kaitlyn is, as well as the rest of the Silinski family.

I have been staring at the computer screen for a while now and I have come to the conclusion that the moment I was able to be a part of cannot fully be expressed with words. However, I know that witnessing Becca's family gathered in the living room, with the Christmas tree in the background, simply talking amongst each other will live with me for the rest of my life. I am very blessed to have Rebecca as one of my best friends and asked if she'd be willing to be a "guest blogger" this week!

The best Christmas Gift of All

By Rebecca Silinski

When Ang asked if I would add a little to her blog for this week, I was honored to share with all of you, through her blog, the miracle my family experienced this weekend. Many of you were made aware of the difficult journey my family had been facing, when in 2008, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and sat out the remainder of that season for treatment. On Senior Night that year, our team held a Lyme Disease Awareness Game, which opened the door to the battle my entire family, especially my sister, was facing. So, to share this exciting news with you seemed only fitting, and an excellent way to give you insight into the amazing people that make up our coaching staff and team. People whom are more than just the faces on a poster or the people you see each game day.

About two weeks ago, when I found out that Kaitlyn would be returning home, I immediately told our coaches and the girls on the team, both past and present, of this exciting and long awaited news! Even though she has a long way to go in her recovery process, the fact that she could come home and our family could be together again under one roof, was truly amazing! On Saturday, after practice and weights, Jence, Ang, and I loaded up into my car to make the best road trip ever...65 South all the way to Birmingham! I had decided, with Coach Balcomb and the other coaches' full support, to surprise my sister by being there when she arrived. I had also decided to surprise the fam by decorating our house for our first Christmas together since my senior year of high school. We met up with a number of people from back home and went to work putting up trees and decorations.

Sunday was by far, one of the most amazing days of my life, a day that I will never forget, and was so glad that I could share with two of my teammates and closest friends! I'll never forget seeing Jence and Ang, with tears in their eyes, as they took pictures and Flip videos while my family and I walked into our home for the first time in over two and a half years, and as we finally sat together, relishing in the moment. I'll never forget reading my coaches and teammate's responses to the texts I sent to let them know that the family had arrived, or the smiles on their faces when on Monday I shared with them all that had happened this weekend.

Over the past three years, this journey has not been mine to battle alone; I've had the amazing support of my teammates, coaches, and our staff, who are now sharing in the joy that my family is experiencing!

We hope you all have a truly amazing Christmas season and enjoy the time spent with friends and family. Our Christmas wish for all of you: "may your days be merry and bright!"




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