According to CerebralPalsy.Org, Cerebral Palsy is the result of a brain injury or a brain malformation. Persons with Cerebral Palsy were most likely born with the condition, although some acquire it later.
Current research suggests the majority of Cerebral Palsy cases result from abnormal brain development or brain injury prior to birth or during labor and delivery. Accidents, abuse, medical malpractice, negligence, infections, and injury are some known risk factors that may lead to Cerebral Palsy.
Helen Dan-Arry, a mother of three shared her journey to accepting and caring for her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, while fighting against stigmatization.
Though today is my 33rd birthday but it is all about this beautiful daughter of mine; Daniella Dan-Arry because through her a new me has been birthed.
Through her I am able to proof true love is indeed & not just in words.
Through her I discovered how strong I am.
Through her I discovered love has a cost,
Through her I discovered giving up is not an option.
Through her I learnt to be in charge of my emotions.
Through her my faith in God got stronger.. Through I learnt to be joyful irrespective of challenging situation.
I am Helen Dan-Arry and here is my story:
My daughter; Daniella Dan-Arry who was born healthy contracted neonatal sepsis (infections) in the hospital, this resulted to cerebral palsy. We have been through hell, I have have seen people stigmatize while some others showed love, counsel & support. With little or no improvement I became a shadow of myself, battled with depression and crying night & day, I became timid & withdrew from the world because of stigmatization.
Then I came across people like Mr Dada Afolabi Olawale & Ms Tobiloba Ajayi who went through similar challenge but are now saviors. Yes saviors because God saved me through their tireless counsel & follow up, God also used the prayer of Saints, love and support from some family and friends to safe me because my joy was the major target of the devil. Yes I need to be joyful & healthy to serve God with my husband, take care of my family especially my daughter living with special needs.
In all of this challenge, with all spiritual steps we’ve taken, the huge financial demand to take care of Ella, I judge God faithful. I realized that I was praying for restoration of Ella’s perfect health so as not to be stigmatized by the society just like every parent with similar challenge. However I have learned from Ms Tobiloba Ajayi that “God does not waste experience” hence in the light of this I will see to it that I use my challenging experience selflessly & unashamedly to reach out to parents with special needs children & people living with any disabilities.
So in view of this, the only birthday gift I want from all my friends on social media is to help by informing me any of parents around your area, at work or in the market place with children living with special needs like cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, dyslexia etc I will take it up from there, I will constantly follow up with the children and also hand over the case to the necessary quarters.
Incase you are reading & you have a child living with a special needs, I feel your pain I am proud of you above all God is super proud of you because despite the what you are going through you kept your child & love your child. Don’t be ashame to speak out, early intervention helps, feel free to contact me.
#SpecialNotice: Once you see or know of any of such case, kindly & quickly send me message via Facebook or WhatsApp 08068961820. From next week I will be posting write-up on social media to enlighten us about children living with special needs.
I am Helen Dan-Arry , I believe in miracle, I believe in works, I am strong because I am a mum to sweet girl living with a special needs & that’s my super power. Happy Birthday To Rebranded Me