I can't believe I'm doing this. BOTH starting a blog and the Kindness Matters Challenge. For my 50th birthday this year, I’ve decided to celebrate by committing myself to 50 acts of kindness from June 6 to 30. As some of you know, because of a physical disability, there are many things that I can’t do without help. So part of my efforts will involve acts of kindness towards the people who help me on a regular basis. Other efforts will be acts of kindness for the community and the world in which I live as part of an effort to show people that kindness matters and that it has a ripple effect that can spread in big and small ways to make our world a better place.
What separates my kindness birthday challenge from similar attempts by others to do so is that I can't do this on my own. So family and friends have graciously offered to assist me in making my dream a reality.
You see, I have an extremely rare medical condition called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP for short. FOP causes bone to form in my muscles, joints, tendons and other connective tissue, progressively and significantly restricting movement. In a sense, my body has an extra skeleton of bone that imprisons my body. One of the only things I can do independently is use the computer. I also spend most of my time at home because of endurance issues, going out only when I need to do something or when there is something that I really want to do. Don't worry about me though—those closest to me know I nearly always find things to occupy my time.
If you are reading this and believe in the importance of kindness, I hope you will consider doing some of the things on my list.
P.S. It doesn’t matter to me if you do one act of kindness or all 50. The point of this is that the world becomes a kinder place when we work together to make it happen.
Hello. My name is Sharon Kantanie. I'm 51 years old. I have an extremely rare disease called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. I believe in courage, kindness, and other things. Welcome to my little home on the world wide web where I hope to share information on the Kindness Matters Challenge, my life, and the things that matter most to me.