Anna was born with two genetic conditions and grew up with heart monitors attached to her at home and she almost had open heart surgery at age 5 months. The doctors cancelled surgery just one day prior. Anna was fed by NG tubes in her nose because the genetic condition made feeding a huge challenge. Laura and I were told by doctors that she was blind, and would not see. Well...., I feel like taking her to the same doctors today to watch her maneuver her IPAD. Incredible!!!
Anna does wear special orthotic shoes, and a back brace due to her scoliosis surgery which she will repeat every nine months until age 16 or 17.
Anna does remains non verbal today, but I bet she will soon prove doctors wrong again. She loves her teachers, her school, and is doing very well. No fine motor skills yet, but she just spells over the computer instead.
Life is full of so many challenges for each of us, but we need to follow Anna's example. She always has her little smile, and cute little laugh and enjoys each day without a worry in the world. Anna makes it very clear to Mommy and Daddy that her dream is to get back to Disneyland, and to stay at the Disneyland Hotel. When this ten week challenge wraps up on June13th, and finances look better....our dream will take Anna and Gabby back to their favorite spot....Disneyland!!
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