Lizzie was born with hydrocephalus; a condition that means too much cerebrospinal fluid builds up in her brain and has to be rerouted by a surgically implanted device called a shunt.  In Lizzie’s case, the severity of her hydrocephalus before birth put a lot of pressure on her brain and caused some problems.  Some areas of her brain were damaged by the pressure; others didn’t form correctly because there was no room for them to grow.  Because of her hydrocephalus, Lizzie is unable to swallow properly which resulted in her having a feeding tube.  She also has epilepsy,  cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, hip dysplasia and scoliosis.  Lizzie is ten-years-old.  She can not walk or talk, but Lizzie is the happiest person I’ve ever met.  Her smile is infectious, and her laugh is contagious.  She gives kisses when she’s happy and bites when she’s mad.  She is beautiful, and smart in ways that no one ever thought she would be.  A school social worker assessed Lizzie before she started school and said she had no problem-solving abilities.  Try to hide her tube from her come feeding time and then tell me that!  If she spent half as much energy on working towards her goals as she did on trying to get out of working, she’d probably be twice as far as she is now, but there’s no reasoning with my stubborn girl.  I started this blog to share her story.