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A Tribute to My Father

Today is Father’s Day and I’d like to dedicate this post to all the wonderful fathers, father figures, male mentors and to those fathers who are sadly no longer with us.

I’ve learnt many wonderful things from my daddy (yes I still call him daddy), many of which have shaped me to be the person that I am today. However, the two main things that have really stuck with me are; everything will eventually be ok and hard work always pays off.

Being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 12 was a hard pill to swallow. I remember having all these mixed feelings during that time and being so confused and unsure about what’s going to happen to me. I remember feeling alone and feeling like I can’t get through it. It isn’t easy being diagnosed at such a young age, and my parents understood this fully. I can’t imagine how they must have felt during my diagnosis but they always seemed to be so strong about it. They listened to me, reassured me and supported me through it all.

Supporting my Crohn’s journey

My dad is always great at advice, he’s always so honest with me, especially throughout my journey with Crohn’s. He would always tell me that everything will eventually be ok and that all of this will make me a lot stronger. I remembered this advice every time I felt down or upset, and I remember this advice every day since. I know that “everything will be ok” sounds a bit cliche but it’s true. I’m a firm believer in everything always works out the way it should, we just need to be patient and positive.

Growing up and seeing my dad work hard in his career has really motivated and inspired me to chase my dreams and work hard for the things that I want in life. My dad lives with a rare eye condition that makes him extremely sensitive to light. Regardless of his condition, he went to university, got a good career that allowed him to work in different countries and simply adapted his life to better suit his condition. His personal experience has taught me that having an ostomy or a chronic illness should never stop me from chasing my dreams.

Aura Clothing

My dad is the reason why I started Aura Clothing. I never gave up and I never stopped trying. Being a young woman in the business industry is hard. I remember going to a meeting with a manufacture and feeling like they were completely taking advantage of the fact that I was young. Thankfully my dad stepped in and became my right-hand man. He came to meetings with me, travelled with me, gave me the best advice and helped me bring my vision to life.

Thank you dad, for keeping my spirits up during the countless hospital visits, for the great advice, for being understanding and supportive in my ventures, for always reassuring me that I’ll be ok and for being the best daddy a girl could ask for.

Thanks for reading,

Angelina

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