The caption of the video says:
“She’s an overcomer. Septic shock, two bone marrow transplants, graft vs. host disease and 325 days away from home in the hospital. God is so good to us through it all and Leah is proof of his mercy and grace! I do not own the rights to this song.”
Leah Carroll is a 5-year-old girl who is battling severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) since she was 6 months old. She has spent almost all her life in the Oakland Benioff Children's Hospital where she befriended the staff and nurses who attend to her needs.
SCN is a rare blood disorder characterized by a deficiency of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that plays a role in inflammation and in fighting infection. Patients with SCN are usually diagnosed in the first year of life. They suffer from frequent and/or life-threatening infections.
Leah has already braved her way through two bone marrow transplants: first was on 2/7/14 and second was on 3/29/16. She is currently recovering from graft versus host disease (GvHD), a complication that occurs after a bone marrow transplant in which the donated bone marrow attacks the recipient's body.
To distract Leah from boredom and occasional pains, her mom looked for songs on the internet for her to sing along to and that's how this little girl became a fan of gospel songs.
This one video of Leah lip-syncing her heart out to her favorite gospel song, "Overcomer," made her into an online sensation. Her little voice has inspired both the sick and the healthy all over the world to which she earned the nickname: "Leah the Overcomer".
Videos like this remind us to always count our blessings. In this day and age, we focus so heavily in what's going wrong with our lives instead of relishing in what's great, when in fact, we're lucky enough to have shelters above our heads, food on our tables, and many other things.
There will always be bad days, but let's not make it cloud the blessings we should be brought into the light. Let us strive to relish the good instead of focusing on the opposite. Just like Leah, life is a million times better when we remain positive in life.