Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month

May has begun here in Tokyo, and with it starts Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.

It’s important to talk about Pediatric Strokes, because I suspect most people are like us and don’t know kids have strokes until it affects you personally.

For those of you who are new to Felt So Cute, you can read all about why Pediatric Stroke Awareness is especially near and dear to our hearts and the full story of Big Cutie and her Stroke Story here.

But on days like today I like to focus on the things Big Cutie can do and not on any limitations she may have.

So since last year’s Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month, here are some amazing highlights in our lives ~

Big Cutie is now a master on the computer.  Her middle school has a 1:1 laptop program.  All her school work is essentially done on the computer and she has figured out her own methodology for keyboarding that keeps her just as fast as all the other sixth graders and she writes all her own papers on the computer.  And because I’m a proud Mama, I want to add that she now completely smokes me in her knowledge of “newer” things like Google Docs and has to teach me through how to do some of my volunteer work more efficiently!

She’s baking!  Last week was my birthday and Big Cutie made me Birthday Breakfast Cupcakes {what the Felt So Cutes call blueberry muffins with cream cheese ‘frosting’} 100% on her own.  That requires a lot of hand dexterity and balancing of messy things.

She was on the Middle School swim team this year!  I’ve talked before about how what it would be like for you to move with a stroke with a swimming analogy, but that’s just how challenging swimming is and yet Big Cutie LOVES to swim.  And with the transition from Elementary School to Middle School, her heats were twice as long!  She’s incredible.

But the most amazing thing Big Cutie did all year?

waterskiing

Yeah, that. :-)

For more information about Pediatric Strokes, please go to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association Website CHASA 

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2 Responses to Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month

  1. Aunt Pam says:

    She’s a rock star. Thats for sure!

  2. Aunt Shelli says:

    She is incredible!

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