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October 25, 2013

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”
― Winston Churchill

Come close.

Are you listening? I need to brag. Loudly.  😉

I need to tell you something. I want to put a big sign up on a huge skyscraper, or rent one of those banner-towing airplanes. This is a big deal.

She couldn’t walk when she was younger, and to be honest, for a while we weren’t sure she ever would. And when she did…. I was breathless…. My husband and I were sitting at the play area at the mall with tears of joy streaming down our cheeks, watching in amazement as our sweet baby girl just walked away from her walker. It was incredible.

We were warned by many doctors that we might lose more skill. That her balance may fail her. That the fatigue may get the better of her. The progress was exciting, but tentative. She had an amazing physical therapist through early intervention. A miracle worker in the truest sense of the word. But last year, as Mary moved on from early intervention and into preschool, we said our goodbyes. Mary continued on with a shorter session of physical therapy at school, which helped to maintain the hard-fought progress she had made. We didn’t want to put too much into her schedule. We didn’t want to risk more of those episodes – the suspected seizures that seemed to accompany an overburdened schedule. So we took a step back from her therapy schedule. Then a few short weeks ago, we started up again. This time with a new team of therapists at an incredible facility. They were strangers to us. They had not been with us on this journey. They cautioned me that Mary had a long way to go if we were going to accomplish some of the lofty goals we had discussed. Goals like walking for a full six minutes on a treadmill. This seemed out of reach a few weeks ago. She barely managed a minute and a half the first session. She was left exhausted for several days from the effort. The little standardized tests that they like to run for the insurance companies were disheartening. She didn’t even register on the scale in most areas. She was slipping in other skills as well.

But then something happened. She started working. Really working hard. A total of three physical therapists, three times a week. One at school, and two after school. And then, instead of coming out of these sessions telling me how exhausted she was, there were smiles of surprise, and “you wouldn’t believe what she did….” Each day it was something new. Little steps to some, but enormous victories for my sweet girl.

And then today, after making steady incremental progress towards that seemingly elusive goals of 6 minutes on the treadmill, she blew right by it. Today, with a smile and giggles, Mary walked for TEN MINUTES on the treadmill. Ten minutes at a lightning fast pace for her, 1.2 miles per hour. Holding onto the rails, she extends her little legs on that machine in a way that I have never seen her do on the ground. It’s breathtaking. And, seriously, TEN! Ten minutes at her top speed. Sure, she was toast after that, but wow!

Tonight we will celebrate. She is amazing. Tonight I am one proud mama.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. olgatodd permalink
    October 25, 2013 12:31 am

    You have a beautiful blog!
    Please join our Facebook community of Daily Inspiration
    Hope to see you there

    • October 25, 2013 12:53 am

      Thank you. I will definitely check out your group. It sounds great. 🙂

      • olgatodd permalink
        October 25, 2013 12:53 am


  2. Hilary permalink
    October 25, 2013 1:54 am

    This totally made me cry. So awesome. xoxo

  3. October 25, 2013 2:55 am

    I celebrate with you! Mary is a strong little girl – as are you. Keep celebrating, keep striving, keep dreaming… you have an inspirational story. From the point of view of an early childhood educator, this gives me critical insight into some of my student’s struggles at home. Thank you…

    • October 25, 2013 11:14 am

      Thank you Melody. I so appreciate when teachers take a little extra time to consider what their students’ home life might involve. Thank you for doing what you do.

  4. October 25, 2013 9:00 am

    Amazing! Such a heartwarming story – and thank you for sharing the big steps. I wish you a wonderful selebration!

    • October 25, 2013 11:20 am

      Thank you for sharing in this journey with us. 🙂 It’s just wonderful to have people to share the big steps with. xoxo.

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