As mentioned yesterday, the June PDf file available to purchase. I will upload the final June MMM card first and then I want to explain a little about "Wheel's for Hudson" first.
With this weeks card I tried to make it look like our envelopes in the mail at Christmas time. We are supposed to put a "card only" sticker or handwrite the words if you want the special reduced Christmas postage. We also must write the postcode/zip code within the four squares in the bottom right corner. (Apparently, it makes it easier to sort the mail.)
Close up of the postage stamp
Hudson is the son of a fellow team member (in our greater Stampin' Up! team) and for the month of July all proceeds from the sale of my PDF instructions will be donated to "Wheels for Hudson".
We found out that Hudson’s brain hadn’t formed properly during an ultrasound at around 27 weeks into the pregnancy. We learned this is called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, which basically means the central part of his brain connecting the two halves is underdeveloped. We were shocked, as anyone would be, but were determined to give him the best life he could have.
At around 12 weeks of age, we discovered that Hudson was legally blind. He has a condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia with Nystagmus. This is a damaged optic nerve, which means his brain finds it difficult to interpret what he sees.
By 6 months it was apparent he was physically delayed. Hudson started Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy before his 1st birthday, to strengthen his muscles. At this point in time he was found to have muscle tone issues. It took over a year for Hudson to be able to sit up on his own, and he was 20 months old before he started crawling.
Hudson’s development progressed slowly but surely, until January 2010, when he had his first seizure. He had to be put on a ventilator to stop the seizure, and spent 3 days in hospital recovering. Hudson continues to have partial complex seizures, and is now considered to have epilepsy.
Hudson was recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This means that the part of his brain that controls movement and muscles is damaged. He will require ongoing extensive physiotherapy to manage his CP.
We are increasingly seeing his frustration, as Hudson is unable to make his body do what he wants it to do. We are hoping to raise the $5000 required to purchase a Kid Walker, a mobility aid designed to help him learn to walk and progress towards independence. We have seen firsthand children that have used a Kid Walker to begin to learn how to walk - the joy on their face when they realise what they’ve achieved. We would love to see that same look of joy on Hudson’s face. We thank you for your help to achieve this for Hudson.
Robert and Tina Gillespie
$6 for the instructions for 4 "sewing" themed cards featured in June.