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Cassidy’s Story

This is Cassidy-she had a STROKE before she was even born...I started this site so that family and friends can be updated on her struggles and triumphs throughout her life. Please sign our guestbook so that we know you were here!

Cassidy was born October 11, 2003. She was perfect-small and wouldn't nurse, but we chalked that up to being jaundice. Everything was fine until Lawrence and I began to notice that Cass wouldn't put any weight on her right leg and her toes were always curled. This was when she was about 7 or 8 months old. Long story short, not until she was almost 2 years old, when we finally got a diagnosis of an inutero stroke. The doctors told us that the part of her brain that was affected was related to her speech and motor development. Lawrence and I were floored-we had no idea that a baby could have a stroke, much less before she was even born!! We were assured it was a mild stroke, but we didn't care how mild it was. What was going to be in store for our little girl? She got fitted for braces on both legs-boy did she hate that. Cass finally began to walk at about 16 months old and once she mastered that, she finally began to talk. And she talks good now, so I'm not too sure that her speech was affected.  She has gotten botox injections twice now up at Cincinnati Children's-that was awful, but we did see improvement in her range of motion and flexibility. She was also involved in a stroke study in San Diego when she was 2-we had a good time there seeing relatives and flying for the first time. We learned alot from the doctor out there. Currently, Cassidy does PT and OT once a week, and she also does therapeutic horseback riding, which she absolutely loves! And just recently, she learned to tie her shoes, using both hands! I am amazed at how much she has accomplished in 3 years. She is truly my hero and I love her very much!