Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Walk in the Park

We live on the edge of a state park. From the time Byron was three days old, I would take him for walks in the park. As Byron’s feet dangled from his little baby sling, I would dream ahead to a time when he and I could walk this walk and explore the park together. When Byron was three months old he was diagnosed with left hemiplegia. When I saw the MRI and just how much of the right hemisphere of Byron’s brain was missing, I despaired that he would ever walk at all, let alone in the park with me. At that time there was just so much endless grief.

Well Byron did learn to walk (yahoo!), but I still carried him on our park walk. It’s a half mile through some rough terrain and I was certain he would get too tired to walk himself. Finally, last week, I decided to see if he could do it – and lo and behold, he did! He walked the entire half mile walk. I brought along my camera and here’s a little video of it. It’s a bit long so feel free to just tip your toe in!

Byron continues to amaze us, at 28 months he’s pretty much doing what every kid does, running, climbing, talking. He does it in his own way and in his own time. There are days that go by when I don’t even think of Byron’s “special need”. He’s just our gorgeous, wonderful Byron!
~ Byron's mom


  1. Byron you are so amazing and so handsome!!! I just think you are a doll!

  2. I have an 11 week old baby boy that on MRI shows a large right sided stroke. Watching Byron's video clip and reading his story makes me realize that maybe Cash will be okay too. I'd like to chat if you are interested.