Welcome to our blog.
Our daughter, Mikayla, is now 8yrs old. She has Cerebral Palsy. This blog is an opportunity to share some of our journey. We hope it will be a useful resource to other families facing similar challenges, as well as somewhat educational and insightful to those who are interested. Mikayla is indeed and endearing child, full of personality, love of life, and determination to experience all that she desires.
Of course, as parents, we want the best for our children, and strive to provide them with opportunities to develop to their fullest potential. Every day, each in our own way, our family continues towards overcoming the challenges that cerebral palsy presents Mikayla.
Life has been a challenge right from the start. I was born nearly 13 weeks early and weighed just 576grams (1lb4oz)! I was so small that my Dad’s wedding ring slipped easily onto my tiny arm like a bracelet! Due to my prematurity and very low birth weight, it was a very difficult time for my family and there were many things to overcome during the months I had to be in the hospital
Today, Mikayla is like other 8yr olds. She likes to play, read, listen to music, do arts and crafts. She enjoys the out of doors, and spending time with family and friends. The main difference is that
Cerebral Palsy affects Mikayla’s balance, strength, and coordination, making many daily things difficult for her to do.
We look forward to sharing some of our experiences – past, present, and future.
As we are newbies to this mode of communication, we hope that you will be patient as we “learn on the fly” ………something we have been quite accustomed to doing as a consequence of the path our journey has taken us!