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.
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.
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!
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.
In fact, Big Cutie now forces ME to try new and adventurous activities because otherwise, I’d be the only family member left out!
Whether it’s in the air, ziplining or in the water, swimming, she’s got a big smile on her face!
She’s even gone high-tech in her adaptive device, so she can be on the move more.
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?
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!