2013 was a memorable year for my husband and I. 2013 was the year we sat in a neurology office and heard the words "I have some difficult news, your child has a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. This disorder causes global developmental delays so he may never talk, he may never walk, and all the dreams you had for him when he was born will need to be modified." We were absolutely devastated!
Jillian Stewart came into our lives 4 years ago as Carter's physical therapist. She saw Carter as smart, motivated, and capable of so much more than most people thought. She worked with Carter weekly, rain or shine, and truly believed in him and what he was able to accomplish. She never once has told us he would not walk, instead, she says "when he walks".
When Jillian began working with Carter he was unable to walk even a few steps independently. Today, I am happy to say that because of all the hard work and dedication Jillian gives to Carter's therapy, he is walking independently with just some minimal assistance when needed. There are very few times when someone comes into your life and makes such an impact that it is life changing, but in this case, Jillian has literally changed Carter's life forever! She has provided him with greater independence, and allowed him to live a more full life. We are forever grateful to Jillian, not only for her huge heart and compassion for Carter, but her ability and willingness to work tirelessly with Carter through the ups and downs that have been the last several years. We are forever in debt to her and we thank God every day that she was brought into our lives