I’m thirty weeks into my Invisalign treatment now, and wearing my aligners is completely second nature (I’m a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment). It feels weird when they’re not in! My smile is totally different now than when I started, and I just love seeing the obvious progress. You can do your own Invisalign assessment on their website and see if your smile could be helped by Invisalign!
But this post isn’t about my smile; it’s about making someone else smile. Invisalign gave me a $500 Visa Gift Card to Smile It Forward and put a smile on somebody else’s face, and I thought of my friend Emily right away.
Our dream Disney World trip together
I’ve known Emily since we interned together at a children’s theater. I even lived with her and her parents for a few months when we were both performing in The Wizard of Oz. We bonded over our love of all things Disney and cemented that friendship a couple of years later with a dream trip together to Disney World. We were in each other’s weddings.
Mickey Mouse was not in our weddings
Unfortunately we ended up in different parts of the country. But we’ve kept in touch, and I’ve watched her kids grow up through Facebook. I’ve seen the amazing pictures she’s posted of her crafts.
Monster High goody bags that Emily made!
But I’ve also read about her struggles. Her son was born with major heart problems, and while I was having an easy time with my healthy children, she was seeing her sweet son through open-heart surgeries, serious food allergies, bullying, and a diagnosis of Asperger’s. With every new issue I wondered why it was all piling up on her. But she’s always handled these things with grace, and I’ve never heard her hint at “Why me?”
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can make things a little easier. Emily’s dealing with so much, and I hope this can provide a little respite – Christmas gifts for her kids, a trip to a spa for her, whatever she wants.
And Emily being one of the nicest people I know, she’s already said she’s going to use part of it to smile it forward to another person, a young woman in the hospital waiting for a transplant.
It felt really great to be able to help a friend out like that, and I’m so happy to help another person get the chance to play Santa! It’s super easy to enter the Invisalign Smile It Forward Sweepstakes. The winner will get a $500 gift card for herself, and another one to do something nice for someone else! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. And good luck!
I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. You can get more info here.