Mia Isabella Perez is looking for partner in independence
She was our third child and our last, and we were so happy and excited to welcome her to our close-knit family. Emma, her older sister, was excited to have a little playmate, someone to dress up and play teacher with. What a magical day. The moments of that day are unbelievably vivid in my mind, a glimpse of how emotionally charged that day was. I knew immediately from the moment I held her after she was born, however, that something wasn’t right, but I was continually reminded that I was tired.
I was told, “There is a 1-year-old at home, your hormones are raging, etc.” However, she was immediately taken for testing with the preface of, “everything is going to be OK, Mrs. Peres.”
Fast-forward two years, and we have a diagnosis. Are you ready? She was diagnosed as having Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy, left-sided hemiparesis with dyspraxia and ataxia of speech. Basically she had a stroke that left her left side weaker. She has flaccid muscle tone (hypotonic), the stroke affected her mid-brain (Cerebral Palsy is associated with mid-brain injury or the area of the brain that affects movement), dyspraxia has to do with motor planning, what it takes your brain to initiate and carry out a movement and ataxia is the motor planning aspects of speech, etc.
Regardless of all the doctor visits and diagnosis and blood tests and surgeries and therapies and that diagnosis – she is our ray of sunshine.
Her tenacity and her spirit have proved every single doctor wrong. She crawls and is pulling herself up to stand. She cruises on furnisher. She is our Mia. She has forced us all to grow and adapt both individually and as a family, and now we are experiencing more of that growth. She is an unstoppable force of nature. She is moving and striving for her independence. As her mom, I will always be her loudest and proudest cheerleader, and that leads me to the present situation at hand.
She needs a partner in crime, a companion in her mission to become more independent. She needs a doggy; a doggy that will accept her the way other kids at the playground don’t, because they see the walker coming. She needs a companion that will bond with her, one who isn’t mom and dad and family; a doggy all her own, that can help her open doors and grab things that have fallen and can help her with her walker. A partner that won’t want to tame the force of nature, but rather go along for the ride, because she deserves that, she deserves independence to succeed on her own terms, just like all children do, not despite her disability, but because of her great ability.
It will cost 4 Paws $22,000 to place a dog with Mia. We are committed to raising $13,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission and can reach our goal with your help. If you can help us with a tax-deductible donation, please visit 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include the child’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. Or mail a check with his/her name on the memo line to: 4 Paws for Ability, In Honor of Mia Isabella Perez, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385. Thank you.
Miriam & Edward