See that face? It's the face of a little girl I love with all my heart. See that scar? It's not a facial disfigurement, its a badge of her triumph, courage, and beautiful soul.
See that face? It’s the face of a little girl I love with all my heart. See that scar? It’s not a facial disfigurement, its a badge of her triumph, courage, and beautiful soul.

My mobile phone rang this morning, and I saw from the display that it was Carys’s school. I answered with some trepidation; there must be something wrong.

“Don’t worry, nothing’s wrong,” said the voice of Carys’s teacher immediately. “I’m ringing with wonderful news! Carys walked about 50 steps today, all by herself, all the way down the classroom and along the hall…”

Well, I think you know me well enough by now to guess what happened next. Overwhelming emotion of any kind usually finds its release in tears, but this time they were tears of joy. They made the conversation a little one sided, I must admit, but Carys’s teacher didn’t mind; she was just as excited and emotional as me.

I phoned Conor. He was driving, but happily, he managed to avoid crashing the car. I felt like my heart was going to burst. From the sounds I was hearing, so did he.

In just under 6 months of corrective insoles in her shoes instead of AFO’s, a walkolong instead of a walker, and her new physio exercises for core strength and balance, she has gone from not walking, to walking 50 steps all by herself, of her own accord.

And if that’s not a miracle, I don’t know what is.

51 thoughts on “The Politics of Walking Pt4| An Unexpected Phonecall

    1. Thats nice to know, Graeme, thank you. I think the next year is going to be a good one for Carys… there is a lot of ‘stuff’ in place to help her, and I can tell she’s ready for it. Hope you got yourself all caught up. I have fallen well behind, as you can tell by the lateness of this response… sorry about that!

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      1. Never any need to apologise, Ali. We all have busy lives, and I’m sure helping Carys along (together with everything else we all have to do) fills enough of yours. I’m just amazed you find any time at all to write.

        Good to hear that there’s “stuff”. We all need plenty of that.

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  1. So pleased for you all – what wonderful news! I must say I teared up a little myself, especially seeing the lovely photo of your smiling girl. It must feel so wonderful to her, to be able to walk by herself – and all that distance too. xx

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  2. That explains the rain then! I can’t begin to imagine how you must feel. I know these successes are never linear, not even parabolic, which makes the bursts like sun peeping between clouds. I’m delighted for you all and what a lovely smile Carys has shared. Remember to let air traffic control know if you start floating.

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