So last night I missed my junior prom due to being in the hospital recovering from a surgery. I was so upset about this honestly. I’d had a very rough year and was hoping that this could be an event to end my school year on a high note.
When my mom went to get movies and junk food, she was told that there would be a Teen Prom for the inpatients of the hospital. They dolled up everyone who was up for it in professional makeup, hair, nails, and formal gowns. All the while, the hospital’s tv special crew had heard about my story and made me their “princess” for the night. They followed me as I turned from a sad sick patient to a sick patient who was ready for prom.
I got to wheelchair dance and decorate masks for the “masquerade” and took photos and even talk to some other patients who weren’t feeling so well. When I thought the night couldn’t get any better, I was named Prom Queen of the first ever St. Louis Children’s Hospital Teen Prom.
Even now, thinking about last night, I can’t explain my happiness and gratitude. I never could’ve imagined a night like that and Children’s made it possible.