March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, and March 25 is National CP Awareness Day. It also happens to be Developmental Disabilities Month. In celebration of this important month, we invite you to take a moment to share with your friends, family and co-workers why UCP-OC is important to you. #cerebralpalsycan #CPawareness #LifeWithoutLimits #DDaware
Three year old twins Khloe and Teagan have always been good sharers. In fact, they were so good at sharing their mother, Jasmyn’s, womb, that doctors didn’t know there were two babies until 24 weeks into the pregnancy. The girls were born at 37 weeks, just two ounces apart, despite twin-to-twin transfusion, which often results in one baby being much smaller than the other. Both girls appeared to be very healthy, until six months later, when it became clear that there were developmental differences between the two girls.
Khloe was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of the stroke she suffered near birth. Luckily, Khloe’s symptoms are mild to moderate, and with her go-getter personality, she has made exceptional progress through United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy. Khloe has received physical, occupational, and speech therapy at UCP-OC for more than a year and a half and she has shown tremendous improvement. In fact, Khloe is walking and talking much like her sister Teagan – it just takes a little more effort. She even attends the same preschool as her sister.
“UCP-OC gave us hope that, with a lot of hard work, Khloe could do everything Teagan can. With treatment and encouragement from her team of therapists, Khloe is not only achieving developmental milestones, but she also has built up incredible confidence with each obstacle she overcomes.” – Jasmyn, Khloe and Teagan’s Mother