Grab a tissue. One year ago, both Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal went through the worst day of their lives as they watched their son, Shareef, undergo open-heart surgery at the young age of 20.
The family took to social media to share some very personal photos along with emotional messages that made fans cry.
The Basketball Wives star wrote: “One year ago today, as a mother, I had to rely on and trust God like never before. This process has taught me so much and made me understand how precious life is. I was at a place where I cried non stop but still had to be strong for my children. @shareefoneal your Faith even though you were scared comforted me. A whole year later, your heart ❤️ still loves unconditionally and works better than it ever worked before. Thank you all for your prayers and support over the last year! #1yearopenheartsurgeryanniversary #ShareefOneal #AMothersLove Support the @american_heart #godisgoodtous.”
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Its 12 where I’m at so I’m gonna post this… One year has passed by since my heart surgery … a year ago today i was scared for my life ..a year ago today I was learning how to walk again . A year ago today I was turned into a new kid . A year ago today my life changed .. I thought I was going through hell while dealing with this process but then i realized it was a blessing that it was found. I am very grateful for my health today and I will always be. I also want to thank everyone who stuck with me through this and uplifted me as I was down. I want to thank my family and friends for everything they did also .. this year has been a big struggle and I’m still finding my way back into things.. love ❤️ 1 year healthy.. 261 days since cleared to start training again.. the comeback still coming
On a lighter note, Shareef has recently shocked everyone — his mother included — by revealing a brand new tattoo he got of his mom’s face, right on his arm.
While some responses were divided, and some of his fans were not sure if they appreciated the gesture, the one person that matters most in this situation seems to be entirely happy about the move.
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One year ago today, as a mother I had to rely and trust God like never before. This process has taught me so much and made me understand how precious life is. I was at a place where I cried non stop but still had to be strong for my children. @shareefoneal your Faith even though you were scared comforted me. A whole year later your heart ❤️ still loves unconditionally, and works better than it ever worked before. Thank you all for your prayers and support over the last year! #1yearopenheartsurgeryanniversary #ShareefOneal #AMothersLove Support the @american_heart #godisgoodtous
Shaunie has recently shared photos of her son’s new addition to his body, and she seems to be quite delighted by the gesture, even though a few critics find it is too big.
Shaunie took it to social media to exclaim how happy the gesture made her feel, and she wanted to make it clear that she much appreciated what her son was doing for her.
And even though some initially claimed that this was a cheesy move, that does not seem to be a sentiment shared by Shaunie herself in the slightest.
If anything, she is quite impressed with the way her son has been acting, from what fans can tell. It is not the first time that observers have seen some exciting exchanges between these two, and fans are thrilled after his health scare.
This is undoubtedly great because both Shaunie and her son are getting a lot of love from multiple sides right now, and it is good to see that they know how to make the most of it.