Thursday, January 15, 2009

Our little Miracle!

This is a very hard and emotional blog for me but I know how much all of you love our little girl and have prayed and are praying for her. First let me say that God's strength and love is so amazing. We prayed and prayed for a baby and he gave us the most special, most beautiful little girl. We are so blessed to have Grace in our lives.

As many of you know we met with the Neurologist today. He was great. He spent over an hour with us explaing the MRI and all the technical terminology in a way that we would understand it. Although it is not what we were expecting, we are very thankful to have such a caring, knowledable Dr. And for those of you that don't know, my sister is a Neurological Psychologist so I asked her to come with us and I am so glad we did. Halfway through the appt. both Matt and I shut down. Me mainly out of shock and trying not to break down and Matt out of anger and denial. She was able to ask some questions and explain to me and Matt alot of what he was saying. So here goes:

The MRI showed that she had a stroke, most likely before she was born. Unfortunately, there was damage to the left side of the brain permenantly affecting her motor functioning. She was given a diagnosis of hemipalegia cerebral palsy which means that she will have some motoric problems on the right side of her body. The good thing is this is not something that will get worse and fortunately it typically responds well to physical and occupational therapies and we will know with time how much of an impact this will have. Given that she has some movement in her right side and is able to stand and put weight down, it is likely that she will be able to walk, it just may take longer for her first steps.

We believe God is the ultimate physician and healer. We are praying that God's will be done in Grace's life. We believe he has a GREAT plan in store for her. It is a miracle she even survived a stroke of this magnatude. She is our little MIRACLE and we know now why God wanted us to name her Grace. Thank you all for your prayers. We pray that you continue to pray for her and for Matt and I as we are still trying to process it all.

We love you all and thank you so much for your love, prayer, and support!


Alicia Marie said...

Grace is a miracle and i am excited to see what God will do in her life! We will keep praying!

Anonymous said...

God's "Grace" is amazing! My heart is very heavy for you, but I know that God has a plan! We are in constant prayer and we love yall very much!!!!

Terri said...

I'm standing in faith and believing with you for Gracie's COMPLETE healing. God is so awesome and He knows exactly what we need for our lives. You're right, God has an amazing plan for you, Matt and Gracie. I'll keep praying. Love ya'll!

joyypelton said...

I will continue praying for Grace. I know it breaks your heart. Physical therapy can do amazing things especially when started at an early stage and since Grace is still developing and learning so much physical therapy will help her a lot. Above all God can do more than any thing or any one and I believe in his power. I love you all.

AndieJ said...

She is such a little miracle and I know that God is going to use her and you two in such wonderful ways! I am standing firm with you and believing that God is going to heal her. She is still learning and developing so physical therapy will be right what she needs to encourage those muscles. His "Grace" is sufficient! Love you guys!

Brent and Chris said...

I am so sorry that Grace has endured so much in the first year of her life. But, as you said "God has a plan." We will keep you all in our prayers.

Jim &DJ said...

Dad & Mom are so proud you of both - we see your faith in action & although none of us could have foreseen this outcome, we know God is able to do a miracle in Gracie's life. He already took care of her in the first 10 days of her life. We could not have asked for a more beautiul, sweet granddaughter.....we love her so much.
We are constantly in prayer and in faith believing for God's healing touch.
Gracie is blessed to have you both as her parents and the Lord entrusted His beautiful gift - Gracie- to you.
Love & Prayers, Dad & Mom Turnock