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A Medically Fragile Mother's Motivation
Published May 9, 2021

Moms are heroes. They do the impossible, work tirelessly, and take care of everyone else along the way. How do they do it? Aveanna mom Nicole says it’s all about having the right motivation.

Nicole’s daughter, Keisha, was born with club feet and a variety of other diagnoses that presented significant challenges for her and her family. She spent the first few months of her life in and out of the hospital. Each day, Nicole walked to the hospital to be with Keisha and then walked back home to be with her son.

“It was tough for me in the beginning,” Nicole admits. “I was a young single mom, I was doing everything on my own, and I was overwhelmed. Keisha was in the hospital having surgeries. She got her first cast when she was just nine days old, and they changed her casts every week for a year. It was really hard. But Keisha is tough.”

From the very beginning, Nicole was blown away by her daughter’s strength in the face of difficulties. “Even when Keisha was in a cast,” Nicole recalls, “it didn’t stop her. She still walked. The doctor said she wouldn’t be able to, but Keisha was determined. I call her my super woman. And she knows it now. I say, ‘You’re my super woman.’ And she says, ‘Yes, I am!’”

Keisha is tough, and she gets that from her mom. Just like her daughter, Nicole doesn’t let anything hold her back. With the help of Keisha’s Aveanna nurse, Nicole juggles work, Keisha’s appointments and therapies, and supporting her son. How does she do it all?

“My daughter is my motivation,” Nicole shares. “No matter what she’s going through, nothing stops Keisha. She keeps going no matter what. She never gives up. So I can’t give up either. She’s tough, and she makes me tougher. She inspires me every day.”