This little girl right here… She is my motivation for working out today. Callie was born with a rare neurological disorder called bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria. She was diagnosed at 5 months old when she started experiencing devastating seizures called infantile spasms. Those were the darkest of days and the hardest time of my life. We were told she would most likely never walk or talk, and be severely cognitively disabled. My heart broke in a million pieces. 💔 Since that diagnosis a little over 8 years ago, we have been through a lot and overcome so much. Her early years were filled with other diagnosis’ like failure to thrive (we couldn’t get her to gain weight or grow), eosinophil esophagitis (at one point in time the doctors thought she was allergic to almost all food!), CP, epilepsy, globally delayed, and severe apraxia of speech (she is still unable to speak). We still struggle with some of these, but have overcome many challenges. She had a G-tube (feeding tube) and SMOs (ankle orthotics) until this past year. This girl has been through a LOT. She goes to some sort of therapy every day, even in the summer — speech, OT, PT, therapeutic horseback riding. You name it, we’ve done it. Nothing comes easy for Callie… She has to work hard for everything, even little things that 99% of us take for granted. She is a rockstar and my pride & joy. 💖💖💖
Please say a little prayer for her today, as she is really struggling with seizures this week. 😢
EXERCISE IS A BLESSING, NOT A CHORE. I WORKOUT BECAUSE I AM GRATEFUL I PHYSICALLY CAN.
Any time I struggle with motivation to get to the gym, I focus on Callie and others like her who would likely do anything to trade places with me and be physically capable of working out. Wow, perspective! 💥 Let’s all be grateful and workout to the best of our ability. 💜
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