When I was pregnant with Crysta, I had my first ultrasound at 18 weeks.
The doctor quickly suspected that something was wrong.
The next day, a second ultrasound confirmed the worst -– my baby had spina bifida with hydracephalus and paralyzed legs. The diagnosis was a reality call.
My family has been down a hard road, but I refuse to let Crysta’s diagnosis define her. She is a gift from God and perfectly made, and because of this I am blessed beyond words.
When my family looks at Crysta, we don’t see a little girl in a wheelchair. Instead, we see someone who is fun to be around. Crysta brightens our world and teaches us the true meaning of compassion.
Socially, my family has had to deal with a society that doesn’t always accommodate handicapped individuals -– bathroom stalls are sometimes too small, movie theatres sometimes too uncomfortable and stores sometimes too tight to move around. It breaks my heart to explain to Crysta that she can’t visit certain places or participate in certain activities because of her needs. I hate for Crysta to feel as left out and this is why she appreciates what Starlight does to better the lives of children who are handicapped and seriously ill.
I love love love Starlight! When my family moved to Texas, we didn’t know anyone and or have much money. We were in the middle of a very depressing time. For many years, we were unable to enjoy life because we could barely make ends meet.
Starlight has proved to be a breath of fresh air.
When we attend Starlight Great Escapes family events, we are worry free. Great Escapes bring so much relief from the daily pressures of life.
I even call them ‘class acts.’
-- Dawn, Starlight Mother