My name is Sheila. I’m a wife to a loving and supportive husband, and we are parents to two awesome kiddos! I have a 5 year-old son named Nicholas, who is healthy, thriving and currently attending kindergarten. Just 12 months after Nick was born, I gave birth to my Gia, who is healthy, thriving and has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
It was November of 2014 that I began the long journey of this mystery speech disorder, we call Apraxia. After Gia’s diagnosis, everything our family knew to be our life, changed. Call me crazy, but I love my new life! It’s filled with more purpose, more determination, more motivation, more optimism and more passion than I ever knew I could feel. My priorities have completely shifted, and I’m grateful for that. In fact, my priorities needed some shifting. I won’t ever tell you that I haven’t been angry, that I haven’t cried, or that I haven’t said, “why me”. I have done all of those things and probably will again, but Gia needs me now more than ever, and for that, I will fight through those feelings everyday.
I quickly realized how many people have been and will be, involved in Gia’s journey to recovery. I want to use my blog to document it all, and never forget those who not only helped Gia, but believed in her. I want to raise awareness to a devastating disorder, that very few have ever even heard of. I want to help others who are dealing with the special needs of their child, and I want them to help me. Most importantly, I want my daughter to read her story someday, and know how hard she fought to find her voice.
I love you Gia, this is for you baby girl!