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As Ella’s 8th birthday approaches this February, as with every birthday since she was born, I become very reflective on the years that have past. I think about the very difficult birth, the time that we spent in the hospital after her birth, bringing her home, teaching her to suck from a bottle, traveling to England, Asia, Canada and all over the US to learn therapies to help her and I think about our law suit. When Ella was a little over a year Dave and I decided that we needed to take legal action to protect and care for Ella in the future.  The law suit took almost two years to settle and was, dare I say, even more difficult to go through then the birth itself. During the suit we had to take Ella to many specialists and life-planners who would determine what we could expect for and from Ella in the future. Although the extent of Ella’s needs varied from each specialist depending on if they we working for the defendant or the plaintiff , they each had the same number for Ella’s life expectancy—5 years old. With each passing year that we have passed the 5 year mark I feel a sense of triumph, Ella is healthy, happy and thriving. However, I also feel a sense of sadness for the lawyers, doctors and life planners who’s job it is to write off kids like Ella and deliver such devastating news to extremely fragile parents. As I’ve made it part of my life’s mission to work and support families with kids with disabilities, I will always remain positive, always look to the future and always remind parents that their children are gifts. No matter how long they are with us they each have an important purpose  and contribution to give to the world.

Happy Birthday my dear sweet Ella!

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In Yoga Journal magazine’s December issue I was featured in an article about yoga and life changing experiences. The article states that I am an advocate for people with disabilities. An advocate is something that I have never thought of myself. Yes, I do what I have to to make sure that Ella gets what she needs, but I don’t feel that I am fighting for anyone’s rights. I have never been very political, I don’t like confrontation, I would much rather peacefully go about my business. So far my methods have been successful, Ella is very well provided for at school and in the community at large. However, recently I had an experience that I feel I must speak out on.

Over the holiday break I took Ella and my nephew to the movies. The theatre was not too crowded, but all of the isle seats were taken by the time we got into the theatre. The group of people, none of whom were handicapped, that entered the theatre right in front of us took the back row of seats—the handicap seating–the only place where a wheelchair can fit. I just stood there, a little dumbfounded. Should I have said something? I didn’t. Ella, my nephew and I sat all the way in front where I could fit Ella’s chair and Ella sat on my lap. I suppose I’m so used to making the world fit for Ella, I did what I could to make  it work. But Ella is getting bigger and the days of having her on my lap all of the time are numbered. For the past month I have been dealing with a chronic back and hip injury, likely caused from lifting, transporting, and having Ella on my lap.

So within this new year I ask those of you who read this blog to help me in my cause of just being mindful of people who have disabilities, don’t park in handicapped spots, or sit in handicapped seats, or use handicapped bathrooms unless you truly need to. There. Does that make me an advocate?

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 32 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 124 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 84mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 1st with 248 views. The most popular post that day was Ella’s Story.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, athleta.net, ifreestores.com, digg.com, and yogavermont.typepad.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for julie peoples-clark, accessible life, accessible life blog, zoe’s race, and abr therapy in india.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Ella’s Story February 2010
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About Julie February 2010
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Photos March 2010

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Therapies February 2010
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Yoga and Healing February 2010
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