Friday, August 5, 2011

15! How did that happen?

Today my Ally turns 15! Crazy! This past year had lots of firsts for Ally. My brother & his family took her camping & fishing (ummm Ally? The worms are for the FISH!) She flew to Ohio alone (first time flying alone!). Her main motivation was to spend special time with her smallest cousin, Mackie...

I don't go on & on here on the blog about difficult times. But today, now that we're past it, I will share with you.... in January of this year, Ally learned to walk again! She had spent more than 2 years unable to walk unassisted because of a nerve disease called RSD. After 2+ weeks at Childrens Hospital here in Dallas, lots of intense therapy & sheer will power, Ally was able to put her RSD into remission & walked out with no limitations! Hooray!

Today, at Ally's request, the whole family is heading down to Childrens to bring a huge stack of puzzles to the kids there, and to visit with the team that helped Ally accomplish so much. It's going to be a special day.

And now my sweet, determined girl has so much to look forward to! Sophomore year of High School..... along with her academics Ally will take theater and dance! Learning to drive.... it's going to be another big year for her!

Happy Birthday Miss Ally!


Maria said...

Happy Birthday Ally.
I hope you had the best day.
You were very brave and it is so good that you not only walk but will be doing dancing too.
Good luck with all you are doing this year.
Maria from Aussie.

Melissa said...

What a great way to spend the day, delivering the puzzles! Happy Birthday to Ally & may the Lord bless her abundantly in the year to come.

Unknown said...

What an amazing accomplishment,for your daughter! And a thoughtful thing to do with the puzzles, too. Happy belated birthday, Ally. Many, many, many more!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Happy Birthday Ally and congratulations! What a great accomplishment for you. I'm sure the kids at the hospital will enjoy those puzzles too. You are very special indeed.

Sally said...

This is wonderful! I mean, the fact that Ally is a fighter and has been able to put her RSD into remission. One of my very dear friends has a hereditary neural disease, although not RSD, and has had her downs and ups. I'm sure that her medical team was very delighted with your family's visit and the puzzles!