Meet Tiny Light Lilly. She loves jigsaw puzzles, colouring, reading, playing with sand and just relaxing while watching Treehouse TV. She always has such a positive attitude and is always in a good mood. Her parents say her smile and hugs are the best in the world. It’s hard to believe this happy little girl has been overcoming challenges since the day she was born.
Lilly was born at 30 weeks gestational age, and two months later her parents were told she had cysts in her brain due to a brain bleed. These cysts were removed quickly but Lilly’s parents were warned that the cysts may have caused damage and that their sweet baby girl could have Cerebral Palsy. When Lilly was 10 months old her parents noticed she wasn’t hitting physical milestones like other children her age. At her one-year check-up they were given the diagnosis they’d feared. Cerebral Palsy. They were devastated at first. They’d known it was a possibility, but were hoping for the best since Lilly was doing so well in all other aspects.
It’s been a long bumpy road but Lilly’s made incredible progress; she’s able to walk independently with the help of her AFOs (her super shoes). As well, Lilly requires glasses and must have Botox injections every four months, which her parents say is the hardest thing for them in all of this because they hate seeing Lilly in pain. The devastation they’d once felt upon hearing the diagnosis has all but faded now. Lilly’s parents feel blessed to have her in their lives, saying, “Since Lilly was born, our outlook on life has changed completely. What seemed important before has now little to no meaning at all. She gives us strength to fight even when we have no strength left. She makes us see the world through her eyes and life is so much better that way.”
Story written by: Adrianna Tailleur