My name is Liliana and I would like to tell you about my family. My husband and I have been married for fifteen years. We have three beautiful kids, 14, 12 and 5. My oldest daughter, Haley, is what most people call a “special child” and to us, she really is special. Haley was born with cerebral palsy and she is also deaf. Even though it has been a struggle having to spend many hours at hospitals, different doctor’s offices and therapy places, we simply would not be the same without her. We have learned so much from her; she is very persistent, she has never once complained about having to go to a doctors’ appointment. She wouldn’t even complain about a surgery, she would be walking the same day, trying to do things for herself.
She is very strong and we are so very proud of her. This year Haley started her first year of high school, and even though she is in mainstream classes, she has always struggled to make friends. Because her speech is not very clear, most kids usually don’t take the time to try and make friends with her. For this reason we started looking around to find a place where she could socialize with other kids like her and this is when we found Easter Seals Greater Houston!
Talking to a social worker, she told me about the agency and ALL the services they offer. We started going to the yoga classes and they have been very helpful. Not only because there are other kids she can talk to but, also, because the exercises have been relaxing and it’s she looks forward to it. Her siblings also attend the classes with Haley and they love it too. We are also very thankful because through Easter Seals, we have had the opportunity to attend different events, like Disney on Ice, Dynamo games and our favorite Astros’ games. We always jump to the chance of getting tickets because my kids love going to the games. We are very grateful for these opportunities because it’s not something we could do on our own with a family of five. I’ m so glad we found Easter Seals and also I’m very glad that there are people out there who are willing to share their blessings with kids like my daughter and I would like to say to them that they have put a smile on my daughter’s face and for that, I’m very grateful. Nest stop Family Day Out, Camp and maybe even Karate!