Amy Dancey

Amy Dancey

I'm sure everyone has heard a heartbreaking story of the single mother who had to raise her children on her own because the father was to much of a deadbeat to help support the family he helped make. In my case this story is slightly different, in my version of the story it is a single father who was left to raise his daughter all alone because the mother was too much of a deadbeat to help support the family she helped create. My father, Robert Dancey is the most strong, resilient man I have ever met throughout my life, and will continue to be that man forever. My dad was only 19 when my mother got pregnant with me, he was fresh out of high school and had no idea what being a father would entail, all he knew was failure would not be an option, and he stuck to that. When I was three years old being a mom got too hard for my mom to actually handle, she went into party mode, trying endlessly to relive the youth that she lost due to parenthood. As my mother went down this road that led my father to trust his instincts. My mother ended up moving away from us and leaving me behind, which was probably the best outcome that would have came from the situation. My father being in his early 20’s, took on the hardest job imaginable, raising a little girl on his own. My father provided for us and always made sure I was in good hands, and had a good head on my shoulders. My Dad has been through so much more than most people can imagine, the women he loved left him with their child, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and has been to more funerals than anyone should ever have to attend. The one life changing event that my father pushed through was not only tough on him, but our whole family. January 2017 was when my father was hospitalized and diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. For those of you reading this, Cardiomyopathy is a very serious, life threatening heart disease. Even with this huge obstacle my father is still here for me today, trying to make ends meet to try and help pay for my post secondary education. He has fought everyday since his diagnosis, he is now out of the hospital and recovering strong, and somehow still pushing himself. I would like to thank my father for never leaving me, for holding me when I would cry thinking my mother didn't want me. I would like to thank my father for beating the stereotype of the deadbeat father, for showing me how a real man looks in this world. I will forever be grateful for your blessing, and I will take the lessons you have taught me in life everywhere. Thank you for never making me question if i was wanted by you, and for never making me feel as if raising me was a burden, you always treated it as a blessing. My dad Robert Dancey, will forever be the person I aspire to be, my superhero. Let's give a strong single father the same appreciation we give strong single mothers. Thank you Dad, I love you infinity.