Aubrie right before she went out on the floor for the competition.

I believe we can learn some of our greatest lessons from life. This weekend, I traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC with my mother, daughters and grandchildren to watch my granddaughter, Aubrie, in her cheerleading competition. Aubrie is an awesome athlete and people travel just to see her perform. They call her a beast out on the floor.

But Aubrie also sometimes suffers from Osgood-Schlatter Disease. A disease the occurs most often in children who participate in high impact sports. It is an inflammation of the patellar ligament at the tibial tuberosity. It’s extremely painful when it flares.

So here we were ready for Aubrie’s team to perform. She came out really strong and then it happened, her leg began to hurt. She was in excruciating pain and I could tell.

You could see her crying and saying “stop!’, yet, at the same time she continued to do all of her moves, flips, jumps, flying in the air…while never missing a beat.  I was frantic because I knew she was hurting and it was painful.

But I couldn’t help her. My daughter (her mother)  is one of the coaches and she was right there at the stage, but she didn’t move either. I was devastated. What really got to me was the commitment my little 11 year old granddaughter had to her team. She knew that if she’d stop that would have cost her team the win. As soon as the routine was done, my daughter ran on stage, along with the other coach to scoop Aubrie up and they carried my grand-baby off the stage.

I needed to get back behind the stage to see Aubrie.  I called my daughter and said, “I need to see Aubrie now!” So, she ran out and grabbed my hand and we went running to the back of the arena. I don’t remember running that fast since I was a child. LOL.

They had Aubrie in the back icing her down. She was not crying. She had a sense of relief on her face as to say, I gave it my best. And she did just that. Because Aubrie didn’t quit or stop, her team won first place in this national competition. And did I say that she was on an upper level advance team and all the girls were much older than Aubrie? Yes, I’m proud of my granddaughter. I’m proud of my daughter because she has taught her the principles that my husband and I have tried to give our children. “You can do it.” “You’re a winner and you’re a champion.” “You don’t get to quit, even if it gets touch.”

Aubrie reminded me that when you commit to something, no matter how hard it gets, no matter how painful it becomes, there are others who are depending on you to do your part. She looked at me and said, “Nana I was in so much pain but I could not quit.” I hugged and told her how proud I was of her. We’ve decided to let her stop competing for the rest of this season to give her leg a rest for now. We just haven’t told her yet!

In closing, I want to remind you that it doesn’t matter how what you are going through or how painful it may become, others are depending on you stay the course. You can do it. Just ask Aubrie. She’s a champion. She should know.