Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

World CP Day

September 4th is World Cerebral Palsy Day.
On September 7th, six years ago, this little girl was born.
Very premature.

As a result of her prematurity she had complications that resulted in cerebral palsy.
Her family lacked the ability to care for her special needs so she was placed in an orphanage where she spent the next 4 years and three months of her life
Nearly 2 years ago, this is the photo we were shown at the adoption authority in Ukraine.

This was Katya several months before we met her.
High up on her toes. Knees bent.  Unable to stand.
The workers held her by both of her hands like this or carried her.

They didn't think she would ever walk so they didn't encourage it.
They did recognize how smart she was though and spent plenty of time talking with her! 

This was our first "unofficial" visit.  The one without the orphanage director.
She could hardly sit up on this couch.  She kept falling over.

This "W" sitting was the only way she could sit up without falling over or needing lots of support.

Two years and lots of therapy later, here's my girl!

One of her favorite things to do is go bowling.  Her little bro likes to help her out by bringing the ball. :)

This walker is for outside use.  She just got it and now she tells her PT that she doesn't really use it...
and she's right.  I've had to go haul this thing on the porch from where she's left it more than once!
I love it though.  It gave her independence to finally go PLAY outside.  
If she wants to ditch it after a few months then I'm down with that.

 Case in point.  The walker got parked next to me while she went to play in the sprinkler.

Its my hope on this day when other bloggers are sharing their stories of what its like to have CP or have a child with CP that people around the world are exposed to our reality.  CP is not something to be scared of.  When I look at my daughter, I don't see cerebral palsy.  I see HER.

She's funny.  She's determined.  She's smart.  She's amazing.
She has overcome so much already in her young life and she has done it with JOY. 

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Blessing Counter said...

She is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the improvements from the orphanage to now! You ALL have lots to be proud of. Thanks for being an inspiration to "newbies" like me!

AZ Chapman said...

what a great story she is increaditable

Sarah Marie said...

Hey Erin,

I just happened upon your post when checking stuff on blogger. Geesh, I cried the whole way through. She is such an amazing little gal and I can't even begin to express how much I see in you and Philip for opening your arms and giving her a new chance at life. Adoption is amazing and such a perfect example of Christ's love.

Keep it up -- you are a great mom. :)

Mama of 3 said...

Thanks for reading and for your encouragement, everyone!

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson