As first time parents, Wendy and Leeor thought their life would follow a predetermined plan. That changed when they discovered that Sadie would be born with a heart defect. What was supposed to be a single surgery turned into a six-month hospital stay. It was during this time they were introduced to Northwest Center.
Leeor recalls their first meeting with Northwest Center as feeling like seeing old friends. It helped that team from Northwest Center came to their home to provide therapy services. The life plan Wendy and Leeor thought they would follow had completely changed, yet they found comfort in learning about all the services and opportunities available to them. Wendy remembers how they didn’t even know where to start when looking for resources until they found Northwest Center.
Working with Northwest Center, Wendy and Leeor focused on all the avenues available to Sadie and all that she can achieve, instead of focusing on the things she couldn’t do.
Even with things working smoothly, Wendy and Leeor still have their struggles. There are a lot of stereotypes about people with disabilities, they’ve learned to welcome questions about Sadie. Change comes with action; they’d rather help educate others than have misconceptions first define Sadie.
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