Taught So Much By Someone So Little!

(Guest post by Alisha Marie Peters – Alisha blogs at The Moments That Change Everything)

Happy Girl!!

Just her attitude, nothing unordinary at all, other than the 15 lb body cast!

I like my fellow contributors have thought long and hard about what my first post should entail. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to say exactly what I want. But it’s a start, and I promise next time will be better!

I have always thought of myself as a very accepting person. Accepting of differences, of mistakes, of anything really. My background taught me as much. Mostly that what happens to you does not define you, but it does help you in who you are. All things that happen to us can be either good or bad, but we can always learn lessons, and no matter what, our attitude about things is the key.

Most would probably say that I have had a difficult time in life, and I don’t necessarily disagree with that. It has taken me over 25 years to realize that my attitude toward everything is entirely up to me. And yes I could be mad and sad about everything, but I don’t want to be. No one has taught me better about this than my daughter. She has had it harder than anyone I know. With a total of 10 surgeries by the age of 2 1/2 and most likely 2 more before her third birthday, she has endured much more than anyone should in a lifetime.

Emarie does not complain about anything ever. And I really think, how can I complain or be upset about anything when she never is? The one whom everything directly affects. And she doesn’t just take it in stride either, she takes everything with a smile and a giggle :)

Here’s just a little example. This video was taken after her 10th surgery, which was the biggest and most elaborate surgery yet. It was a hip surgery to correct a displaysia she was born with. She had to be in a 3/4 body cast otherwise known as a “Spica” for close to 6 weeks. This little girl was happy and smiling the entire duration of the cast.

Happy Feet, or Rather, Anything I Can Wiggle!

I think we can all learn something from this most amazing little girl who is still shy of her third birthday!

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About Alisha

I am a full-time Title One preschool teacher at a school for children with special needs. I do love my job, but my true passion is being a mother to one most amazing little girl. I feel that is my true purpose in life, and I would like to educate anyone and everyone I can about her. My daughter Emarie was born on the early morning hours of Christmas Eve 2007, and changed my life for good. For better. She was diagnosed 2 weeks after her birth with the rare chromosome abnormality of 18q deletion syndrome. It is so rare, that not even any of her doctors here in our state of Utah know much about it, or have ever seen it. I knew from the moment that her personality started to show around 2 or 3 months, which is always happy, that she could be someone to change the world. I'm doing everything in my power to help her along the way. She is so amazingly resilient that it just blows me away! She will have undergone 12 surgeries before she even reaches three years of age. Her dad and I love her endlessly and are doing everything in our power to give her the best life possible!

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