Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yes she can!

Brooke was about 7 months old when she was diagnosed with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. After a great pregnancy, labor and delivery, this was a huge shock to us, and left us completely off guard. Her doctor told us all of the things she would never do, like crawling, walking, playing piano. We all took it very hard.

Our family banded together and have been working with her a great deal, along with her Physical Therapist. Around 10 months, she started "Army crawling"; at 11 months she pulled herself up to stand at the couch; around 12 months she started regular crawling (after trying and trying and trying); and has just recently at 14 months started  to stand on her own for a couple seconds and has even taken a couple steps!

It has been a very long road, and we have just begun. We are so proud of our little girl and all the progress she has made, and look forward to seeing all the things we know she will accomplish. She is very strong willed and will do anything she puts her mind to, one way or another. She has already proven her doctors wrong and we wouldn't change her for anything.

~Brooke's extremely proud and grateful mom.

9 comments:

  1. How wonderful!!! she is beautiful and looks like such a happy little girl!! Like my Ashlyne, your Brooke is going to continue to amaze the doctors and prove them wrong!

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  2. our lil man was diagnosed at 10 months he is now 27 months and he walks everyone was so amazed as we were told the same that he wouldnt be able to do any of what u said but he has and im so very proud my daughter is waiting for her mri scan as they think she has the same they are twins but no matter what they will fight hun and will never give up xxxx well done brooke

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  3. Oh how wonderful, she's so cute and amazing. My granddaughter was diagnosed last summer. She's 2 and a half and now walking and talking up a storm. We are so happy to see her and other children with is diagnosis do so well. I had never heard of pediatric strokes before now. I am educating myself about them. The best of luck with your beautiful little girl. God Bless

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  4. Well done Brooke.I too understand what your family have gone through, although our story is a little different.
    My Daisy was diagnosed with a CHD heart defect at 20 months, we had just a week before she underwent open heart surgery.We were warned she may have a blood clot and die, not survive with a stroke, so when she showed the signs of a stroke, we didnt realise what was happening.She was sent home by 2 hospitals.It was over a week before she was diagnosed with a stroke, by then both sides had been affected.Daisy is doing amazing things, she walked a year after her stroke and talked about 9 months after.
    We spread the word in the hope this will stop happening to others. www.daisypritchard.co.uk You can find her on Facebook too.
    Keep up the great work xxxx

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  5. It warms my heart to hear of Brooke's every milestone and I'm so thankful to you for sharing her progress! I'm confident that she will continue to break through barriers and jump over obstacles, in her own time and in her own way.

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  6. how great to see a little girl doing so good dr are not always right she as accomplish so much

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  7. My daughter is 17 years old. She rides horses and shows in Hunter Shows. This means she takes a horse around a course with 8 to 10 jumps. She is a senior in high school with a 3.4 and hopes to go to Penn State. Mackenzie had a seizure when she was five days old and found to have an had a stroke. We were given the wait and see talk. We were told to expect that she would not walk, talk or be of average intelligence. At three months there were sign of CP but we didn't let this stop us. She hit all of her milestones a little late. She did not speak until she was three and then in three word sentences. She was in some type of therapy every day until she started school. We had an IEP in place her first day of kindergarten. She says she has learned to do things over, differently, harder, longer, positively, and to not listen to the words "can't do". She is a whiz at computer tech and has taken up photography because it gives her a way to express yourself without words. My advice is to have hope, endurance, question every obstacle and figure out away around it. Learn to advocate in a calm and effective manor.

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  8. Your daughter is adorable!! That smile must keep you going. My 7 month old son was diagnosed two months ago with an in utero stoke. We are still attempting to pick up the pieces. We are extremely lucky to have great friends and supportive families but it is heart warming to hear a story like this. Thank you for your post. Good luck to you and your family.

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  9. My son is 8 1/2 yrs old and was diagnosed with an inuteran stroke along with optic nerve damage in both eyes......he hit all his milestones late but is succeeding at so many things. He has been my little hero!!! We have done lots of therapy, a bike camp, and now going thru a medical study using a magnet treatment on the brain with restraint therapy to help strengthen his weak arm. It's been challenging and a roller coaster but it could be so much worse. My son can do what other kids can do but it just takes him a little longer and sometimes needs a little more assistance. Hang in there!

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