I think my mom had known about Jade’s condition since before she was actually born, but I didn’t really understand it until later.
All I knew was that she had the same condition as my older brother, which I later discovered was that their livers produce too much cholesterol for their bodies.
Jade, now 7, doesn’t really understand why she needs her treatments - she just knows she needs them and that they will help her body.
For Jade’s wish, she wanted a little companion, something that she could take care of. She’s always been so responsible for her age. She wanted something that she could walk and feed, a fluffy friend who would in turn, help cheer her up when she came home from a long appointment or a particularly difficult day. She wanted a Coton de Tulear puppy that had spots on its ears and near its tail so that it would look like Sky from Paw Patrol.
When Jade met her puppy for the first time, her eyes were so full of happiness and innocence like she couldn’t believe that this four-pound ball of fluff was for her. All she wanted to do was hold Sky.
Jade has always been a somewhat timid person but having Sky has taught her to be a bit more assertive and confident. All it took was telling her new puppy not to eat her sandals for her attitude to completely change. Sky brings a smile to her face as soon as she wakes up in the morning.
She needed something of comfort and that’s exactly what Sky is – a friend that she takes care of and, in turn, Sky takes cares of her. She would always come home from her appointments and want to sleep all day and complain of a tummy ache. Now, she comes home from appointments and wants to play with Sky or just sit with her and watch cartoons (which is still a step up from sleeping all day!). To see that change is immensely heartwarming.
Our lives have been completely changed, not only because of the newest addition to the family, but also because we have seen how much people care for Jade.