It is World Cerebral Palsy Day
Tonight’s LemonadeMaker story is celebrating the parents of Natalie.
When she was 7 months old she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Lucky for Natalie had wise parents. They brought her up to believe that she can be and do anything she wants. It might take her longer, but that isn’t a big deal.
They give parenting advice for parents with kids who have special needs – but really this parenting advice applies to all of us.
When someone tells you that you aren’t capable of doing something or being something, DO NOT believe them.
When you hear negative talk flow out of the mouths of doctors or therapists, or anyone with lots of letters after their names, don’t let that diagnoses become your story or label. Even doctors can be wrong, and they don’t fully understand what our minds and bodies are capable of doing.
We are just beginning to tap into the mysteries of the heart and mind. When I was in school we were taught that our DNA was fixed and whatever your DNA was, that was who you were. Now with the field of Epigenetics we are learning that both external and internal factors can switch genes on and off, and affect how cells read genes instead of being caused by changes in the DNA sequence. This is the space of where the miracles come from. The power to change our literal DNA. I believe that this is where the power of prayer manifests miracles.
They told my sister she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She didn’t believe it and a few months later she ditched the wheelchair. She walks with a cane because she was determined to walk. By refusing to accept the diagnosis she changed it. She gave herself wings and she flies – it may be a flightless bird kind of flight, but it is her version of it and it’s wonderful.
Give your children permission to be ambitious. Help them reach for the sky, because no one else will. Give them the opportunity to do what they want to do. We have published several heroic stories of women who refused to believe that they
Give your child wings and they will fly.
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