I live in Washington state with my husband and two children. My youngest, Addison was born in 2012 and survived a perinatal ischemic stroke. As a result of her stroke, Addison was diagnosed at the age of one with Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy. Addison has been a part of extensive ongoing PT/OT/SP therapy since she was an infant. Through this journey with my daughter and as a family, I have come to know the importance for growth in education and support among the Pediatric Stroke and CP community.
In 2015, I co-founded Pediatric Stroke Warriors to bring further visibility and support to the awareness of pediatric stroke and its impact in children of all ages. It’s estimated that roughly 60% of children who have strokes will have permanent neurological deficits, most commonly hemiparesis or hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy, just as my own daughter does. Through this personal impact, I have become a passionate advocate and voice for families amidst medical and general communities. I have accepted regular speaking engagements at various local hospitals, conferences and community events to build a voice in awareness and education for stroke and its impact among children.
I believe that we can be the best support to our children when we have all the tools to make educated choices in ongoing care and treatment options. Support and medically sound resources are vital for families and I am always seeking ways to participate in that needed growth by bringing my voice and expertise to the Pediatric Community.