Veronika Will Walk

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Ice Cream Dress!

28th January 2016


I first came across Living Dead Clothing when Madeline Stuart did some modelling for them last year. I brought myself a dress last year after Veronika’s surgery and every time I wear it I get comments on how awesome it is(I should post a pic in the comments)

Veronika was given some money for Christmas. Last week I was looking at the dresses and noticed they have some girls dresses. Veronika was sitting next to me and as soon as she saw this one she said ‘that one’ and then signed ‘ice cream’. I asked her if that’s what she wanted to spend her money on, and I got a huge ‘yeah’

I have one very excited girl today after the post arrived!

Dancing away with the fabric swishing around her 😊

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26th January 2016


Having a sister that has high care needs means that a lot of my time is taken helping Veronika….today I spent over 2 hours(over the day) sitting, helping Veronika drink from her cut out cup to try and get more fluid into her….this is along with the usual therapy we do each day, plus all the ‘usual things’ with being a mum.

For me it’s important to grab some time with Veronika’s brothers when I can….so tonight after dinner Jakob and I went out for a bike ride. I’m working on getting better at making time to do things with the boys, either individually or together….and this is one of my big personal goals for this year. Last year was incredibly tough with Veronika’s surgery and rehab, which meant Veronika and I were interstate for over 2 months, and when we were home it was incredibly difficult to get out.

So bring on more bike rides, more ‘time out’ with Veronika’s brothers….especially before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with me!

‪#‎siblings‬ ‪#‎veronikawillwalk‬ ‪#‎qualitytime‬ ‪#‎bikeride‬ ‪#‎timeout‬

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Journey to health….a reflection

22nd January 2016

When pictures of Veronika pop up in memories….I usually stop and realise just how far my girl has come.

When the 2 pictures in the top row came up yesterday one of the things I remembered was how irritated and red Veronika skin was when she was little….we have worked so hard with Veronika’s dietitian over the years figuring out what Veronika is sensitive to….if her skin is red and irritated on the outside one can only imagine how her gut health is on the inside.

Tonight as I was reflecting on the journey with her food sensitivities I look at how healthy Veronika’s skin is now compared to when these photos were taken.

It’s hard work making sure Veronika’s diet is free of the things she reacts to, but when I look at these photos and see how her skin glows and is so healthy it’s worth the effort 💖

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24th January

Helping Mum pick some veggies, and a strawberry from our veggie patch….home grown goodness…..

Check out that photo of Veronika squatting to reach into the zucchinis…..a little bit of therapy thrown in 😉

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Life Skills….a trip to Hill Street grocer

19th January 2016


This afternoon after our appointment we went to Hill Street Grocer to get some fruit, veggies and meat

I parked the car and turned and asked
Veronika is she was going in her wheelchair?….’no’

So I asked her if she was going to walk?….’yeh’

Are you going to have your own basket?….’yeh’

Veronika picked a basket on wheels(of course) and one for me to carry. Veronika kept trying to push her basket and I explained and showed her how she needs to walk and pull the basket….it took a while as each time we stopped she again went to push it.

We got the fruit and veggies we needed and went to the deli to get the meat….I love how the staff interact and talk to my girl, not at her or ignoring her but truly talking to her….they pass the meat to Veronika and she puts it in her basket….

As we go to leave the deli to go to the counter to pay, Veronika realised her basket was to heavy for her and showed me she wanted me to carry some of the things she had. So we put them in my basket and went and waited in line at the counter.

Life skills… takes at least twice as long to do the shopping this way, but this time is an investment in my girls future independence

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WOW…18th January 2016 Veronika see’s her rehab specialist


One tiny word that packs a punch…..

Today Veronika saw her rehab specialist….

He came out to the waiting room where we were, and my girl stood up and took off walking up the hall…..and her specialist stood there, watched Veronika and said ‘wow’.

He hadn’t seen Veronika walking independently since her hip reconstruction.

We had her appointment, and as we got up to leave he said it was good to see us both and great to see Veronika walking so well….and Veronika walked all the way back to the car

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It’s not an easy decision to decide where you children will go to school, disability or not.

I won’t forget the first conversation I had with the then principal the year before Veronika was due to start school....

It started off with me saying ‘about kinder next year....’ and before I could get any further the principal said ‘Veronika is coming here isn’t she, I will be offended if you even think of sending her anywhere else’....and that was probably the point I burst into tears, happy tears knowing my girl would be welcomed.

For me I wanted Veronika to go to school with her brothers, and that was the beginning of Veronika’s schooling.

Inclusive education is a human right. For us at this point I believe it has been and is the right decision for Veronika.

It’s not an easy road, just ask the people who support Veronika at school! It’s a whole team approach. A couple of weeks ago when we had 12 people from Team Vee sitting around the same table, it was an amazing conversation on finding the best ways to support Veronika.

Open honest clear communication is the best and only way, mainstream or support school, or duel enrolments. It’s about having a choice to decide where your child will go to school and finding the best fit for the individual.

Lea Goes to School. Oggi CoorDown lancia ufficialmente la nuova campagna di comunicazione realizzata per la Giornata Mondiale sulla sindrome di Down del prossimo 21 marzo. L'obiettivo di quest'anno è sostenere l’inclusione scolastica degli alunni con sindrome di Down e altre disabilità e favorire la loro piena partecipazione alla vita della comunità. Siamo orgogliosi di collaborare ancora una volta con l’agenzia Publicis New York e di avere il supporto di Down Syndrome International, Down Syndrome Australia, All Means All - The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education, Down's Syndrome Association (UK) e Movimento Down (Brasile) e il patrocinio dello United Nations Special Rapporteur Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas. Aiutateci a condividere il video e a rendere più forte il nostro messaggio! #IncludeUsFromTheStart #WDSD18 -------------------------------------- Lea Goes to School. Today CoorDown officially launches its new communication campaign for World Down Syndrome Day 2018 on 21 March. The aim this year is to promote the inclusive education of students with Down syndrome and other disabilities and to foster full participation in their communities We are proud to once again collaborate with the Publicis New York agency and to partner with Down Syndrome International, Down Syndrome Australia, All Means All - The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education, Down's Syndrome Association (UK) and Movimento Down (Brazil), with the patronage of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Help us to share the video and make our message stronger! #IncludeUsFromTheStart #WDSD18

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That is the smile of a cheeky Miss Vee who kept signing to me that she wanted me to run at parkrun this morning!

Not up those hills my girl 🤣😳

Along the flat parts there was some jogging as I pushed Veronika.....

....and with Veronika’s encouragement signing for me to ‘go faster’ we managed a new PB for Veronika. From 56:54 to 48:02 for the 5km

#veronika #parkrun #parkrunhobart #cerebralpalsy #hemiplegia #downsyndrome #Trisomy21 #epilepsy #autism #joggingpram

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