One of the many things I am thankful for on Thanksgiving is my family because they care about me and support me with everything I try and do. My family is made up of my mom, my dad, my Grammy and my older sister, Mallory. I am especially thankful for Mallory because I know I can tell her any secret I have and I know she won’t tell anyone. She supports me in everything I do and inspires me and encourages me to try new things. She is always there for me.

Another thing I am thankful for are my friends. I have many friends but I only have three best friends. Their names are: Miki, Bri and Tony. Those are the friends I love to hang out with. They really care about me and make me laugh when I’m down. Even if we get into a fight, we always make up that day or the next.

Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for doctors. I am thankful for them because I have had so many surgeries and they all come out as a success. At the hospital we go to, the doctors talk to us, not just to our parents about us. They care about us and they save many lives and I think that is very special.

Those are my thankful thoughts for this year!

My sister Mallory and I both have a rare disease called Microvillous Inclusion Disease. It is a digestive disorder, which doesn’t allow us to digest food properly. We get fed intravenously during the night while we sleep. That way we can get our daily proper nutrition. Mal is the oldest Microvillous Inclusion patient living.

Mal is a senior at Oak Hill High School. She has been on the honor roll all four years at Oak Hill and she is also a member of the National Honor Society. She is one of the editors for the Academic Advocate at OHHS. While attending Sabattus Elementary School, Mal was on the Advocate staff and contributed some wonderful articles. Mal is currently waiting to be accepted at Bates College in Lewiston for Creative Writing. Her goal for the spring is to get her driver’s license and her new specially equipped vehicle.

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