“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis of Assisi~
Today is the nine month anniversary of my blog. It is also the day I received news that will dramatically change my life. I am a candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), a surgical procedure performed on patients with cerebral palsy (CP). This surgery is going to improve the quality of my life in so many ways. My SDR journey will be long – one filled with many emotional and physical ups and downs – and definitely worth it in the end. Please visit my friend Frantz’s inspirational blog – the one that inspired me to send my evaluation packet to Dr. TS Park in St. Louis – Learning to Run: My Cerebral Palsy Journey , to read more about his experience with SDR.
The story of how I found out about SDR sounds too good to be true. Luckily for me, it isn’t. It all started with the Caregiver Cruise Giveaway Contest. I saw a post about the contest on Facebook. I planned to nominate myself, but before I got around to it, my brother wrote a beautiful letter on my behalf. I asked people to vote for me and they did – big time! Thank you to everyone who voted, shared/tweeted the link, and encouraged me every step of the way. Although I did not win the contest, it led me to a friendship with Marty, from whom I learned about SDR. If I didn’t believe that entering, let alone winning a caregiver contest was possible, I wouldn’t have met Marty or learned about SDR. I would have lived the rest of my life never knowing there was a surgery available that may be able to help me. It’s sad that I, like Marty and so many children and adults with CP, find out about this life-changing surgery by literally stumbling upon it.
I have this blog to thank for reminding me about the power of possibility. When I accepted the possibility of starting a blog and turned it into a reality, a whole other world opened up to me. I became part of the blogging community and in doing so, have met so many supportive people who accept and like me for who I am. If only all of you lived nearby! I will update you as I move along my SDR journey – a journey that may allow me to do things I previously could not do, like ride a bike! Believe in the power of possibility and watch what happens. Anything is POSSIBLE!