Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lovin' Lauren

I have something so very special to share, a story of a lovely little girl, Lauren. The following is from her website, which is updated with her progress frequently. Her sweet smile and her darling eyes melted my heart from the moment I viewed her story online. She is a fighter and I only hope it inspires you as well.

Lauren Nardulli was born February 28th, 2006 after a normal pregnancy. Shortly after birth, serious medical conditions were evident. A CT scan confirmed that Lauren had hydrocephalus. Brain and Spinal MRI’s determined that Lauren had Spina Bifida Occulata with a tethered spinal cord. She was later diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, a serious neurological disorder. Symptoms of Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia include difficulty with eating and digestion. At 24 months Lauren weighs only 15 pounds. Other symptoms include delayed motor skills and recurrent spinal cysts, which can cause temporary and/or permanent nerve damage.

Because of the comprehensive nature of her disorder, Lauren sees physicians in 11 specialties as well as physical, occupational, developmental and speech therapists. She is a fighter who has endured many surgeries and will undergo more as she continues to grow and thrive. She has been working very hard with her therapists and can now transition to a sitting position by herself and she has also begun to crawl. She is amazing her family with her drive and determination, but she cannot do it alone.

So go ahead and click, read and be informed. Look at Lauren and fall completely in love with this darling 2 year old. Her family is completely aware and understands that you are asked to help many others, but they hope you can find it in your hearts to help once more. Please lend your support, thoughts and prayers for Lauren.

With the help of Beth's mad design skills, this button was created. I encourage you to use it and place the Lovin' Lauren button on your page and spread the love.
(I'll have the code up shortly as soon as I can figure how to post it without it changing to a photo)


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and learn about Lovin' Lauren.

~Crooked Eyebrow


my wonderful men... said...

What a sweet heart, I will keep her and her family in prayer.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, what a darling. Thank you for letting me know about this precious little girl.


iheartchocolate said...

This is heartwrenching. Mine is two and I cannot imagine this.

SJ said...

What a sweet little girl, and a gutwrenching story.

I'll keep the family in my thoughts. Thanks for sharing.