To the Journal editor:
Our daughter Angeleah Gravedoni was featured in an article on April 1 in the The Mining Journal. This article was about her challenges and our journey over the last four years as she deals with a chronic life changing illness called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Medically, physically, emotionally, and educationally we have had to be very diligent in moving forward.
It has been brought to our attention that a small paragraph in this article “hit hard” the Negaunee School District. This was not, nor is our intention! Our daughter’s current accommodations within the Negaunee School District are great.
We are very thankful to be able to work together as a team to educate our daughter. The circumstances and challenges that pre-empted these currently accommodations was very challenging.
Our main goal in going public with Angeleah’s illness was not to represent the Negaunee School District as villains. This article was about a 12-year-old child waking up with an unknown illness and the struggles and triumphs she has had over the last 4 years.
To show people that even though one may be faced with the uncertainty, the human spirit and drive can overcome many obstacles.
Our hope was to shine a bright light on an unknown illness and bring awareness to people, not point fingers at the should’ves, could’ves or would’ves.
Scott, Rhonda Gravedoni