Adventures With George
Join us in welcoming Michelle to our growing list of Lift Me Up volunteers. Michelle is sharing her talents of photography, writing and willingness to tackle any outing with two energetic kids by her side (or on her back!). Michelle is one of the first Lift Me Up recipients and has been wearing her son George in a pre school size Kinderpack for the past year and a half. Check back for monthly updates on where this fun loving family goes with Adventures With George! -Kristin, Sarah and Rachel
I am the mother of two perfect children. It just so happens that my five year old has Spina Bifida. We knew when we were pregnant and we had all the best care. We were given all the worst case scenarios. Even then we knew he would be perfect. With Spina Bifida it is a wait and see game. Wait and see what your child will be able to do. George started walking with a walker at sixteen months and miraculously on his own just after he turned two. Still George has a pretty notable gait dysfunction. He walks more like a toddler and he tires fairly easily. This wasn't too much of an issue when he was two but now that he's five and Caroline is eighteen months it would be almost impossible to keep an active lifestyle if we had not found Lift Me Up or if they had not found us.
We live on the Eastern Shore in Maryland where there are endless things to see and do and where we have made plenty of friends in a similar boat. We belong to a group called Athletes Serving Athletes where George and I are able to race together. We are fortunate enough to live in a wildlife management area where there is plenty of places to go hiking. We stay involved with not only our local chapter of the Spina Bifida Association but also in the chapter that serves the area where we are from originally and where George was born.
A couple weeks ago George and I raced at The Saint Michaels Running Festival. My husband is a long haul truck driver so he's not always with us for these events. There were over 2,000 runners. When we race, George is in a jogger but just navigating the crowds with two small children on my own would have been enough to keep me away had it not been for Lift Me Up. Wearing George has made a huge difference in all of our lives. Our Kinderpack enables us to get George to so many more places and allows George the freedom to participate in so many activities that would otherwise be out of his reach. Yesterday we were in Doylestown, Pa. for the Walk N Roll for Spina Bifida. George loved being on my back, even pretending to fly for part of our walk. He was able to help raise money for a cause the effects us so directly.
I am very honored to have been asked to share George's story and his adventures and we are forever grateful for the gift of wearing George. I hope you all will enjoy reading about George each month and all the places our Kinderpack takes us.
Posted on Sun, August 16, 2015