Hi all! I am extremely lucky to have been introduced to a 10-year-old Australian blogger who, for the sake of her privacy, goes by Fluro Zebra or FZ. Although she is dealing with difficult circumstances, I have no doubt that her positivity and desire to help others will work wonders for her recovery process. Check out FZ’s biography below:
A LITTLE INFO ABOUT THE FLURO ZEBRAThe Fluro Zebra, otherwise known as FZ, is a 10-year-old Australian girl who is living with chronic pain. At nine years old, FZ injured her left foot, which resulted in a nervous system dysfunction and has caused her to live in pain, every moment of every day since. Unable to walk or to withstand any normal stimuli touching her foot (even so much as a gentle breath would cause her screaming pain), FZ was formally diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and has had three lengthy inpatient rehabilitation treatments with her mother, at a hospital four and a half hours away from her home and her family.
Through a daily routine of medication, intensive therapy treatment, an ever optimistic attitude, and a determined heart, FZ has learned how to walk again with crutches and almost a year later, her pain level is slowly reducing.
Throughout her journey, FZ has found that a happy heart, a busy mind and simply appreciating life kept her learning, growing and laughing which helped her cope with the chronic pain.
FZ decided to turn her negative situation into a positive experience by giving back to others, just as so many had given to her. FZ’s blog ‘The Life of a Fluro Zebra’ was born. FZ wants to share her pain relieving tips and tricks with others and she also wants to inspire all people to try new things, such as arts and crafts, as she believes that new experiences and adventures fill your soul.
FZ wants to give her readers at least one reason to smile with each post she writes. FZ believes that by making others smile, you are not only filling your heart, but that you are also filling the world with happiness.
When FZ discovered Project Light to Life, she took inspiration from the ‘Kind Acts and Volunteering’ ideas and decided to follow suit by sending some of her own favorite quotes in anonymous letters too. When asked why she decided to do this project, FZ replied “Everyone goes through rough times and if you have good support from family and friends, you can turn a negative into a positive. Some people don’t have a lot of support from others so I wanted to send them a note to let them know that someone else in the world believes in them and that they can make it through.” FZ explains that “helping people makes the world a more safe, enjoyable, and happy place to live in”.
I was honored to read FZ’s post about how she sent anonymous letters to strangers and immediately wanted to share her post with my readers. Without further ado, here is a post by Project LTL’s youngest guest poster thus far:
Sending Strangers Sprinkles of Hope
I have followed an amazing blogger, Christine Barba- Project Light to Life, that always does nice things for people and the world. I wanted to do one of those good deeds by sending a nice quote and letter to random people all over Australia. Christine Barba is such a good person and has inspired me to do the same good deeds. I loaded up White Pages Residential (but you can use the phone book if you want) and typed in random surnames and a State or Territory. It comes up with lots of names of people in that State or Territory. I scrolled down while having my eyes closed and stopped it with my finger. I sent a quote and letter to the person my finger landed on. With the quotes, I found them on the internet, pasted them on a word document, printed them out, laminated each page, cut them out and stuck magnets on the back. I attached magnets on so that people could stick their quotes wherever they wanted and see it everyday. I am hoping that the quotes will make everybody feel really happy inside! It is so easy and fun, and makes you think of all the people’s lives you could be touching. You could even change the way they think, you never know. But I am sure that people will appreciate the effort that I have put into these. You can make as many as you like, and just remember the whole way through you’re making them that everybody you are sending them to will be so excited to find them in their mailboxes!
I have made 14 notes and quotes and drew a special picture for each one. (Each picture was different to another.)
“Making one person smile can change the world- maybe not the whole world, but their world.” ~ Unknown ~
FZ Out!! 🙂
If you get a chance, please check out FZ’s incredible blog to see the other projects she has been working on in efforts to spread positivity. She is truly an inspiration! An additional pat on the back to FZ’s mom, who is continuing to encourage FZ to pursue such wonderful projects. I believe their positivity will work wonders for them both.
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Great blog and post. Keep on keeping on ma’am!!!! You go girl!!!
Isn’t she awesome :)?! Thanks for checking out FZ’s story!
Our pleasure. And she absolutely is. I wish blogging had been around when I was her age. Oh well. LOL
This is one of the most inspirational things i’ve ever read. I’m just amazed that someone so young whose had to deal with such pain is so positive. You’re a star FZ!
Yes, I felt the exact same way! Thanks for checking out FZ’s story 🙂
Yes, well I sometimes write perverse stories for children: LOL! Yes I’m different… The point is, my post: ‘The Joys of Torturing Your Hamster!’ is listed in the Reader right after yours. In that post, I mentioned if anyone knew of a pet Zebra I could Babysit. I didn’t know Zebra was in her name so …
She is extremely gifted and definitely has a heart a huge as a house! Yes, I will have a boo and say hi someday in a while perhaps, but I don’t wanna scare her or something! The cards just happened to fall where they may. I will put her on following so she turns up in my Reader and I wont forget :O)
Hahaha, that’s too funny! But yes, doesn’t she :)? It’s so nice!
I’ve lived and worked with chronically ill children all my life, but this little gal is absolutely amazing, not to mention inspirational. There is a reason for her pain. No ‘accidents’ in life She will forever change lives. Thank you for this.
Yes, I completely agree with you :)!
How wonderfully inspiring.
Isn’t she :)? Thanks for checking out FZ’s story!
Thank you for checking out FZ’s story 🙂
Haha, that’s what I thought 🙂
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Thanks so much for sharing FZ’s story Viv 🙂
First up I would like to thank Christine with all of my heart. She has done so many good things for the world, and now has inspired me to do the same. I am very grateful to have found her blog and make contact with her, because she is a big role model for me! I am hoping more people will do the same and see her as a role model too, and see how big her beautiful heart is. Secondly I have been so overwhelmed by how many beautiful comments I have read from all of you. I would like to tell everybody that I appreciate all the support, kind words and interest. I am honoured that so many people want to read my blog. I will leave you with my favourite poem now:
Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu,
Someone smiled at me today,
And now I’m smiling too!
Thank you all 🙂 🙂 🙂
FZ out!! 🙂
Hey FZ, thank you so much for such a sweet comment! But I’d have to say that you’re more of a role model to my readers and I! As you can see, the readers absolutely loved you and your story, which is no surprise to me 🙂 It’s really inspiring. I love that poem by the way. What a great one! Keep on rocking and I’ll be sure to keep in touch/keep reading your blog posts ❤
Hi Christine! When I read your reply it made my heart feel so full it could pop!! 💕 Thank you. 🙂
Everybody is saying really nice things, so thank you all.
Love FZ 🙂
Christine, thank you very much… would you say, under the right conditions, blogging is a form of writing therapy — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing_therapy?
Wishing you a wonderful day…
Yes, I feel like it’s definitely a great form of writing therapy 🙂 Thanks so much!
What an amazing idea and story! Great to find your blog and connect with inspiring people.
P.S. Think I might just do the same thing and write up some letters for strangers… With the idea that they will pay it forward 🙂
Thanks so much, but yes her story is really inspirational 🙂 And I’m so glad to hear that!
this is amazing, good on her!
Yes, I agree :)!
It is truly amazing that we came across each other blogs in this perfect timing, because yesterday night and this morning I’ve been feeling a bit depressed and this story really touched me and made me stop and look at my situation from the different angle. If this little girl who suffered so much in life instead of feeling sad and miserable found strength not only to fight the illness and be positive, but also to help out others and sprinkle hope and love on so many strangers, then I have no excuse to be depressed. Thank you for sharing this story and for following my blog! 🙂
Aww, it’s so nice to hear that and I completely know what you mean. I was feeling a little down about something, then read her story and it gave me a much better perspective 🙂 Thanks so much for such a nice comment!
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Thanks so much for sharing FZ’s story 🙂
My greatest admiration to the girl!
Yes, I agree :)!
Thanks for sharing! As someone who deals with chronic pain, it was so inspirational to read about someone so young who also faces similar challenges and uses it to fuel her positivity and light.
Great blog! I am very inspired reading about your story :)- Thank you for following my blog!!
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