Growing up, I always dreaded going to physical therapy. Even more than hospitals, it was my least favorite place to be. But my heart just filled with joy when I saw this photo of four-year-old Eden. Born with a deletion in her first Chromosome, geneticists told her parents that she may never walk. But now, thanks to physical and water therapies, Eden is making huge strides -- literally! And after her mom, Michelle Nagle, posted the photo on Instagram, hundreds replied with their show of support.
"We cheer like she just won the lottery," says Michelle. "And she loves it, she's like, 'I'm walking! I'm waaalking!' But she is scared -- she shows it in her face. She'll say, 'I need help, will you help me? I want to hold your hand.' One thing we say is, 'Remember what happens when you fall?' And she says, 'Try, try again.' "
I love how her spirit and determination just come to life in the photo, don't you? Like Eden, I didn't take my first steps until I was four -- in physical therapy, actually -- and my parents always loved telling the story. Something tells me that little Eden is going to be a force to be reckoned with! What an amazing little girl! xoxo
[Via The Huffington Post]