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#visionariesaremade - Mother's Day 2017 / page 7

May 2017

Visionaries are not born; they're made.

What makes someone a visionary? Perhaps it's the ability to see possibility where others do not.

Addy and Alexander

Studio photo of Addy and Alexander
Photo by Cecilia and Jacob Lee

Addy (on son Alexander) Alexander is very sweet and engaging. He's rather shy at first, but after a while he's very personable. We have to tell him not to be hard on himself; we don't chastise him much, because he's hard on himself. His teachers love him; people say "Oh, we love him."

A diagnosis Is not a death sentence. Its not never-ending. When you're first given a diagnosis, it's very crushing. You go through a grieving period, but you know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel because of your child. Visionaries are not born, they're made; they're made through our children.

There's always someone to talk to; never think that you're alone. Alexander was a preemie. They said he couldn't do anything. He does ballet, soccer, and math is his great love; there's nothing he can't do. Tell [your children] they can do it; they'll always surprise you.




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