Tuesday, April 10, 2012

21 days past due

Seventeen years ago today
 I had my Hannah Grace.

 At first sight, she gave me a fright
She had bruises on her face, her arms,
felt like they were all over the place.

I entered ICU
to see you
the iv 
in place
just above your face

I knew 
we would be challenged 
and we both moved with a force pace

They told me you would come home with the ventilator,
I said come again later
we were going to beat that ventilator 

They told me she would be wheelchair bound

21 days past due
Hannah came home with us
still bruised, still having seizures
still not knowing what to think
but I had some ideas of what to do

work work work
I learned all I needed about CP
we did physical therapy 
 many hrs a day
we sang, we read
we gave love, hugs and stimulation

I am a woman of passion 
Doing everything within my power
to raise Hannah to be to be as self sufficient as possible

Today my Hannah Grace
over six thousand days since we started this journey
 Hannah with 2 of her friends from wheelchair basketball
 Hannah getting her end of the year award

 Hannah &  cousin Cal

As you can see, my Hannah Grace is doing very well
beating the major odds that were against her
She has her struggles
 as I tell her
most people do have struggles
even I have struggles
 its all about how we look at those struggles

For a girl that was born with severe scattered brain damage
She is simply remarkable

Lisa D.


Mary said...

Happy Birthday Hannah Grace!
Your name fits you!
Your mom is right, we all have something!

Lisa, you love well!

Blessing to all.

Lisa D. said...

Thank you Mary...means a lot to me.

Jenny said...

Your Hannah and your words are just beautiful. Yeah for mommies that fight madly for their babies!

Lisa D. said...

Thank you Jenny.

Anke Martin said...

Oh Lisa, this gave me shivers...this is sooo touching, this 'passionate-full-of-love-and-making-the-best-out-of-it-never-give-up-hope-you-can-do-it'!

Your daughter and you are two very special and strong women!!!!!

Smiles and hugs your way, Anke :)

Lisa D. said...

Thank you Anke, All of your comments and others here have meant so much to me all these years.

Angela Recada said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful, strong, amazing Hannah Grace! Yes, we all have something. Every single one of us.

There is nothing more powerful than a mother's love and determination. It can, and does, work miracles.

Hugs and blessings to you all,

Lisa D. said...

Yes it does Angela! and yes...we all have something.

Janet said...

I'm a day late but I hope Hannah Grace had a wonderful birthday. What an amazing story, and what a beautiful daughter you have.

Lisa D. said...

Thank you, Janet

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artlover said...

Beautiful daughter, and your strong love and devotion for her is also very beautiful..

Mariette xox