Celebrating my daughter the artist!
I remember very clearly the day Emily was diagnosed.
The grim diagnosis, the speech we received. Your daughter will never walk, never talk, she will be in a wheelchair, fed by tube in her own world. She will not recognize you, she will not understand you and show emotions.
Let that sink in for a moment. I was 24 years old and the genetic counselors looked at me like my life was over.
This was 1999, the majority of the information available said the same thing, I also found some information saying that my daughter’s life expectancy was shorter due to various other possible health complications.
We were devastated but Emily was already 15 months old and I knew she knew us.
I held on to that knowledge with all I had and believed she had a potential. We were ready to do everything possible to give her, her best life.
I was ready for the worst case scenario but had a feeling it wouldn’t be quite like that.
So today, I am celebrating, Emily, the artist!
She was never afraid to get dirty!
on canvas and on glass!she is also quite interested in pottery!
Not just the painting of pottery, she is making some cool items too!
My girl is an artist!
Emily has turned her passion for art into 2 incredible opportunities.
Once a week, she goes to a pottery studio in town where she cleans and organizes their equipment in exchange for studio time and the owners help in developing her skills.
She met the owners during her school coop last year and they were happy to expand on the relationship. Emily is dropped there by her support worker and I pick her up at the end of her shift.
Emily also volunteers at a local Boys and Girls club, once a week. She is responsible for a craft activity for kids around the age of 6. She now has 7 regular students. Emily’s support worker stays with her for this and helps her pick the craft and organize the activity.
I am very proud of her and we will continue to seek opportunities like this for her!
When she paints or does pottery, her focus is phenomenal!
Her fine motor skills continue to improve as she continues to work on them…
And she’s still not worried about getting dirty!