My daughter is a pre-natal stroke survivor. She was diagnosed in June 2007, she was 12 months old. The stroke caused her to be hemiplegic on her left side (weakness of muscles), along with a porencephatic cyst on the right side of her brain. She suffered a seizure when she was 19 months old that caused her to be hospitalized for 5 days. She was on seizure medication for 2 years and was diagnosed with epilepsy. We thank God everyday at the progress that she has made. She is now 12 years old, she has had Occupational (OT) & Physical (PT) Therapy, she played lacrosse and was enrolled in gymnastics to help strengthen her muscles. She is currently taking karate, dance and musical theater classes. She is involved in the school choir, Girl Scouts and enjoys playing video games and listening to music. Our worries when diagnosed were speech and learning -- she has proved that she will not have any issues with either. Even though my daughter is proving that she will try to overcome this disability, I find it very important to raise awareness. When she was 9 months old I mentioned to the doctor that she is a "righty". The doctor advised me that a child does not make a hand preference until they are about 2 years old and the testing began. Had we been aware of this, we may have been able to catch this sooner & begin therapy sooner. There are many parents out there with similar stories, CHASA has been instrumental in bringing these families together and raising awareness. I am very proud to be a supporter of this organization as it has changed many lives for the better. We need to make everyone aware - parents, doctors, everyone. By making your donation to CHASA you are supporting all of these families and all of their young stroke survivors. Thank you.