Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Julie!

Just wanted to provide some encouraging words to all of you on this exciting day. Why is it exciting? It's my 30th birthday!!

As some of you may have experienced...I'm here proving my doctors wrong! After 30 years, 30 of which the doctors said I would never see, and if I survived past the first year, I might be in a vegetative state....Boy, was he wrong!!!

For those of you with youngsters, I hope my note here leaves you with great encouragement and hope for the years to come. I am so happy to have proved the doctors wrong, helped to have given my family the hope and faith they have today with all my successes, and to be the independent and successful person I am today.

Let's see... here are some of the things, I do that they said I would most likely not do; walk talk, skip, run, ride a bike, tie my shoes, swim, live without my parents, finish school, work 2 jobs at the same time, drive, and so much more.

I am happily married to a wonderful man who sees me for who I am and has no worries about my challenges; even announcing that we are in this journey together and what I have difficulty doing, he'll pick up (and boy...he's been true to that!). Life at this time is more than I ever expected it to be!

The kids here will all be able to do these things as well. Please don't give up on them and don't let them give up on themselves! I can't wait to see/hear about all of their successes! Best of Luck to all of them!

With that, I will close by thanking you all for letting me take such an important role in your child's journey. I am always here if they need the support!

Your Friend and Journey Companion,


  1. Dear Julie,

    Thank you so much for your post..and happy birthday!!

  2. Dear Julie:

    As a parent of a 7-year-old who had a stroke at birth, I can't tell you how reassuring your story is and how much hope it gives me. We will prove the doubters wrong, just as you have! Thank you!