Hi folks, we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the stitchers who took the precious time from their lives to stitch for Jodies Quilt, we are very humbled by your generosity, thank you all very much!
Jodie loves her quilt as you can see from her smiles. I hope you enjoy to look at it as much as we do?
Wishing everyone all the very best for the future, MASSIVE THANK YOU!!!
My daughter, Jodie, was born two weeks early. We had a normal delivery with gas and air. Over the first ten weeks of her life I had been back and forth to the GP and health visitor as Jodie wasn't feeding or sleeping very well. By the tenth week I took her back to our GP surgery to then be transferred to Yorkhill Sick Children's Hospital, she was admitted to the neurological ward and it took three days to get the results from the tests and scans they carried out.
We were then told Jodie had calcification all over her grey brain matter, the brain damage was extensive! We were told her outlook wasn't good as he said she probably wouldn't live to be a teenager, not with the amount of damage. Turns out I caught a virus between the third and fifth month of my pregnancy and I'd no way of knowing, the virus attacked the foetus. I did get the diagnosis confirmed and the first use of the words cerebral palsy in a letter through the post.
Over Jodie's first ten years, she spent practically every summer in spika plaster cast from her waist down, she's had numerous surgeries, dislocating hips and shoulders. Her hips were then fused and her ankles were crumbling when she tried to weight bear in her standing frame, they had to be surgically fused too. Unfortunately it went wrong and they fused the wrong bones together, which has left her with splayed feet and no more standing up.
Since 2006 until 2013, Jodie's been admitted to ICU a good few times and on four occasions we have been transferred to Robin House Children's Hospice for Jodie's end of life visit! She's pulled through every time, only to be left weaker than she was before her illness unfortunately.
She's proven the neurologists consultants wrong.
We try with all our being to keep her as healthy as possible and holding us all together is the unconditional love we all have as a family.
I've just fought through breast cancer and this month celebrated my 1 year canserversary in remission and it feels good. Without the love of Jodie, Eric and my partner Liam I'm not so sure if I'd still be here. I'm so proud of how Jodie has coped with me being in hospital, she's been great and always there with a cuddle too.