All of us have challenges. Each and every person has to struggle to do something. This Spring at Abby's school we charged the staff and students to share their Challenges. From the cute (can't catch butterflies) to the heartbreaking (my mom died) every child and teacher shared. With sharing came hope. Sharing led to compassion. Sharing led to being free to say that while the child might have a challenge, the challenge wouldn't stop their dreams.
After I posted the program my friend Kristi at Finding Ninee encouraged me to make a Challenge Series. In reaching out to a few friends the response was amazing. May I introduce you to my first guest, Julia.
Julia is a wonderful little girl. We first met her and her family at the Pediatric Therapy. She spends hours each day working in school to learn how make her cerebral palsy work for her. This little girl is a fighter. Defying the odds and expectations of anyone foolish enough to try to put limits on her. Julia loves swimming, horseback riding, picking her sister up at the bus stop and bike riding.
Julia is 5 years old and her challenge is Cerebral Palsy. But don't feel bad for Julia's challenge, she just needs some extra time and help. Her smile says it all: Her Challenge makes her stronger.
There are over 800,000 persons in the US with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a group of disorders that can affect movement, learning, hearing and thinking. Like many other syndromes, children and adult with Cerebral Palsy are as unique as their personalities. To learn more about Cerebral Palsy please visit United Cerebral Palsy
Thank you, Julia for sharing your smile with us today.
This is the inaugural post for the My Challenge Series. To submit your challenge, take a photo holding a sign that says, "MY CHALLENGE IS X" with a short about how you do not let your challenge define you to firebailey@Gmail.com