I am so humble to have received all of these nominations in such a short time! Each story pulls at my heart. I love being able to make a differance in other people’s lives!
Entry 1) NOMINATED – Olivia – NOMINATED BY ASHLIE McINTOSH
I would like to nominate my 5 year old daughter Olivia Maeve. She is the most amazing daughter that changes lives daily. She was born eight weeks early but completely healthy. She developed an infection on her seventh day and fought to survive. We were told that she would be fine, she would catch up. It took us two and a half years of insitence to finally get a diagnosis. In that time, we worked so hard with Olivia, helping her to meet milestones in her time and being amazed at her progress everyday. Once diagnosed, we were told that she may not walk or talk-she just started walking on her own and she is amazingly bright. She doesn't talk yet but fully understands me and we communicate perfectly. She is the most beautiful, determinded little girl-she has made my husband and I better people and everyone that meets her falls in love.I would love for you tom meet her and give you that opportunity!
Entry 2) NOMINATED - Lillia NOMINATED by Jennifer Jobe
I would like to nominate my daughter Lilia. she was born with 2 congential heart defects, multple VSD's (holes in the heart) and CoA. she had open heart surgery at 2 weeks old, but her heart couldn't recover and she was put on ECMo and put on a heart trasnplant list. she recieved her gift of life at 1 month old. and spent the next 6 months in the ICU fighting several complications and almost losing her several times. she is now a happy 7 year old, with 3 siblings. she was tube fed but has started to eat orally although she still has the tube, she is deaf and although she is aided she speaks very little and communicates mostly by ASL. she has a stent in her left lung, and chronic lung disease.
Entry 3) NOMINATED Lilly, Sophie, Kristopher & Nathalie NOMINATED by Dana Davies-Hales
To tell you a little bit about us. Tony and I adopted Lilly (7), Sophie (6), Kristopher (almost 5) and Nathalie just turned 2, not only are they adopted but they are also biological siblings they all have the same birth mother. Life is full of challenges for our children, they all suffer the affects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This is caused by their birth mother drinking alcohol during her pregnancies. Our children have sensory issues they don't like how things feel from a touch to something they are wearing. They have no sense of danger they would walk into the road without thinking that there is a car coming. Lilly our oldest goes up to strangers and starts talking. They have massive meltdowns, and mood swings. They have trouble making decisions, and don't do well socially. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is like walking around drunk without the buzz with all of your sensory on full blast and no way to shut them off. Sophie has a service dog named Crosby who has helped her out so much. He helps keep her calm and safe. Sophie when out and about goes with Crosby she wears a vest or a belt that is attatched to his jacket. We are also working with Thames Centre Service Dogs to get Lilly a service dog and she can't wait for this to happen it would be so much to her.
Entry 4) NOMINATED Kingsley NOMINATED by Kymberley Teetzel
Kingsley is a charming little 3 year old boy, born with myelomeningocele spina bifida. He had his first surgery when he was just five hours old, followed by two brain surgeries and a second surgery on his spine just after his first birthday. Despite the bumps in his first year, he has managed to catch up on his milestones. Kingsley is paralyzed below the waist and uses a wheelchair to chase after his two older sisters. He tells horrible jokes, laughs deeply, and loves to snuggle. We are blessed to have Kingsley in our lives.
I thank each and everyone of you that have entered and shared your beautiful story! Please share this contest as I want to make this a huge success! xo Stacey