Then & Now

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A little over a year ago, my sister and I started Letters From Lilaboo. Soon after we began our site, I had to have a second shoulder surgery and Lily was beginning her high school career. Since my second surgery wasn’t planned, we had to put Lilaboo on the back burner. Lily was busy figuring out biology and algebra, while I was spending my time in physical therapy. Today, I am a week away from finishing my first semester at the University of Alabama! The greatest school in the country might I add…ROLL TIDE!

First, lets take it back to this time last August. I was feeling pain in my right shoulder again and had a feeling it was just inflamed from starting back to tennis. I was playing in a tournament up in New Jersey with Hannah Burgtorf, when I really started feeling the pain kick in. When we arrived back home after our tennis trip, my parents and I went back to Andrews Institute to talk with my surgeon about the constant pain. We all felt that the shoulder was inflamed but to be safe I wanted to get another scope done to get a better view to make sure everything was OK, not the case.

After waking up from a 3 hour surgery, I was back in the same sling that I was just in not even a year and a half earlier.  I had felt such defeat in that moment. I wasn’t able to understand the extent of the surgery until a week after it happened. I remember sitting down to eat dinner one night with my parents when they broke the news to me. They told me I wouldn’t be able to play tennis again. I had re-injured my shoulder even worse than the first time. I didn’t want to believe what they were telling me but knew that I couldn’t risk being injured the same way a third time, my shoulder couldn’t take a third operation. My dad has always said that everything happens in 3’s though…

I remember looking back over our “When Giving Up Is NOT an Option” letter, and feeling lost. I did the therapy, listened to my doctors, got stronger, and I was also growing in my faith throughout that recovery. Someone once told me that if “I wanted to make God laugh, I should tell Him my plan.” The feeling of victory is what I got out of a year long recovery when I won my first tournament back. And sitting in my bed three months after my second surgery I couldn’t help but laugh at myself, because I did tell God my plan… lets just say I was so wrong with what He had in store for me.

img_0135-1Lily Bear has always been my rock. She is the younger sister you wish you could have. She truly is my best friend and she is my PERSON. Lily is the kindest, most forgiving soul that I have ever met. During both surgeries she would check on me before, during, and after she had school. She would lay with me for hours watching my favorite show, Friends, and make me countless bowls of cheerios. She would play her guitar for me on my bad days and make me laugh whenever I needed a smile. She was killing it her freshman year and I couldn’t have been more proud of my baby sis! If you know Lily, you know she’s a perfectionist in the best way possible. Always has her hair braided just right, and wears the most fashionable outfits. She was my rock during this second chapter in my unfinished shoulder story.

-Alyssa

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Hi everyone, Lily here!

It’s been a while since we’ve talked, so I thought I’d catch you all up on what I’ve been doing the past few months. In May, I got to tour the east coast with a couple of my school’s bands. We have a program called Rock on The Road and I am a singer and guitarist in one of the bands. It was incredibly fun! We got to play at a few Boys and Girls Clubs, some restaurants, a few coffee shops, and we got the play at THE GRAND OLE OPRY (on the steps outside.) It’s pretty amazing I get to say I could do all of that, all in my freshman year of high school!

Me and my best friends are still attached by the hips, and we never fail to have a good time. For Halloween, we all got together and went to a haunted corn maze, which ended up not being so scary, but we met a bunch of the people who were supposed to be scaring us. This guy, Justin, was really funny! We somehow kept running into him, so he basically became part of our little group by the end of the night. It’s Thanksgiving now, and I just ran a 10k with my brothers. The boys basically forced me into doing it with them, but it ended up being really fun and I ran 6 miles before eating half a turkey! What have you guys been up to this past year?

Happy Holidays and I’ll talk to you guys soon.

Until the next Letter from Lilaboo…

This is just a glimpse of what Lil and I have been up too. Stayed tuned for our next post to find out more about what God’s been doing in our lives!

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We always believe in:

Second Chances

Fairytales

Dancing in the Rain

Singing in the Sunshine

Tea Time

Exercise

Singing Loud and Proud Each and Every Day

Jam Sessions Can Fix ANYTHING

We are so excited for you to be here!

-Alyssa and Lily-