National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month: The Miracle Baby

March is a month of many national celebrations and awarenesses; Cerebral Palsy (CP) happens to be one of those national awarenesses. Cerebral Palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, balance, or posture. It’s a life-long disorder that impacts areas such as one’s motor and developmental skills; some with the diagnosis are significantly visibly affected, while others are more fortunate. In honor of CP, I’d like to give a brief shoutout to one of my favorite siblings, Janiece, also known as “Lady Lucky.” Janiece was welcomed into this world sooner than expected in September 2000 as a premature baby born at 1lb 2oz. She was so tiny she could fit comfortably in the palm of one’s hand. Unfortunately, after birth, my parents were told by the doctor Janiece would not live to make it through the night. Today, I’m happy to announce that my Lady Luck is 21 years old and is brighter, stronger, healthier, and more motivated than ever!

Since this month focused on happiness, I wanted to introduce the world to Janiece because she is extraordinarily special to me and helps to contribute to my joy with her presence. She is such an inspiring individual, and when I think about giving up, she motivates me to keep aiming for the top! Sometimes we as people take the simple things in life for granted, but Janiece shows me that all things are possible. Therefore, I share her with you all to inspire those who need inspiration. Although her disorder limits a lot for her, she sees past those limits and pushes herself to accomplish her goals. I’m beyond thankful for Janiece and look forward to seeing what the future holds.

*A special Thank You to Virginia’s Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter (CHKD) for saving my sister’s life. She is a miracle baby and the greatest gift to my family.

Much Love Hooters,

-Cherry and the Hoot

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