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Happiness Is a Choice: A Talk with Aviva Krainess

Rhona Lewis

Aviva Krainess is one of the happiest girls you’ll ever meet, even though she has lots of reasons not to be happy. “I’ve become a lot funnier since I got sick,” Aviva says from her home in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. “Why be sad when you can be happy?”

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Aviva Gives It Her Best

The Krainess family moved fromClevelandtoIsraelseven years ago when Aviva was six. Three months later, Aviva developed some sores on her feet. After lots of testing, the doctors told Aviva and her family that she was suffering from lupus, a disease in which the body attacks its own tissues.

A short while later, Aviva suffered her first stroke. She continued having strokes and other complications and became partly paralyzed. She needed to be hospitalized.

When Aviva was finally able to leave the regular hospital, she still wasn’t ready to go home. Instead, she entered the ALYNWoldenberg Family Hospital, a special hospital inJerusalem that helps disabled children.

“Aviva had to do a lot of very hard exercises so she could begin to walk again,” says her father.

“They weren’t hard; they were fun!” says Aviva. “The therapist would tie some birdseed a few rungs up a ladder, just out of my reach, and I had to stretch up to get it so I could feed the parrot. This exercise made my legs stronger. I also needed to crawl to feed the snake.”


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