Kids Have Strokes, Babies Have Strokes, Even Unborn Babies Have Strokes…

Seriously.

In fact, for infants under one month, strokes happen once in every 2,800 live births.  And for kids ages 1 to 18, they occur in 11 out of every 100,000 children.

And Big Cutie is one of those survivors.

May is National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month, so I want to talk about this a bit.

{You can read our complete stroke story here. You can learn more about pediatric strokes and the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association here}

When I first heard that very scary word stroke, and had to learn to navigate a world of doctors, therapists, and braces, I focused on all the things Big Cutie might not be able to do.

But not any more.

Because Big Cutie is amazing.

riding

From the time she was fitted for her first leg brace and could take her first steps, if she could figure out how to do it, she was willing to try it!

rockwall

When she was much younger we used to call her “The 30 Minute Girl.”  Originally we thought she was shy and needed a bit of time to hang back with Mommy before entering the fray.  Later, we figured out that she was simply surveying the situation, figuring out how she could best participate, and then would join in, full force.

surfing

kayaking

In fact, Big Cutie now forces ME to try new and adventurous activities because otherwise, I’d be the only family member left out!

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biking

Whether it’s in the air, ziplining or in the water, swimming, she’s got a big smile on her face!

diving

She’s even gone high-tech in her adaptive device, so she can be on the move more.

hulaing

Big Cutie is the best example I know that you don’t have to finish first to be a winner in life.

Is she cool, or what?

cool

CHASA creates a special montage of Pediatric Stroke Survivors every year in honor of Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.  Check it out and see if there’s anyone you might recognize around the 6:00 minute mark!

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6 Responses to Kids Have Strokes, Babies Have Strokes, Even Unborn Babies Have Strokes…

  1. gena says:

    I know all about strokes because my boy had one when he crashed and was in heart failure. That was nearly 7 years ago and at 22 now, he’s STILL working hard to gain back his mobility. I pray that someday he can be as agile and strong as your beautiful cutie… she is such an inspiration! God Bless her always!

    gena

  2. Rock on Big Cutie!

  3. Alisha, among the myriad things to love about this post – it’s optimism, tenacity, generosity and general love of your amazing daughter – is the idea that thanks to the internet, we have access to not just information, but to each other. I’m sure that your gift of reaching out to others has been much appreciated over the years, and this post and earlier ones will and have lifted the hearts of many people. Though I’m constantly questioning the role of technology in our lives, particularly in education, we are extremely lucky that we don’t have to feel alone in this world thanks to a million different communication tools. Beautifully done.

  4. Amma2013 says:

    Big cutie is an amazing girl, one we are so very proud of!!!!!

  5. Aunt Pom says:

    She is amazing… You said it best!

  6. J says:

    That is one really cute kid

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