"My friend got me in contact with Ask Albie. I have two daughters with disabilities. Both girls are totally different. Megan, my eldest, is 16 years old and has Cerebral Palsy which is life-threatening. At 10 days old she had major brain surgery to save her life. She was born with Hydrocephalus (water of the brain) and had to have a VP shunt inserted in her brain. As time went on she started to have seizures and was then diagnosed with Complex Epilepsy, and Cerebral Palsy. This put her back with her development: she never did walk and is in a wheelchair. Megan is now 16 years old and is doing really well; still on a lot of medication. Yes it is hard, but she is such a character and a joy and a beautiful young lady.
Years on, I had Annabelle. She is 5 years old and is Megan's little sister. I noticed Annabelle wasn't developing properly; no eye contact and not doing the normal things of a child that age. I also have a 13-year daughter who is fine, so I had the comparison. I was right. Annabelle was diagnosed with severe autism at 2 and a half. I was devastated, couldn't believe I had another daughter with needs. As time has gone on Annabelle has been more challenging, She is non-verbal and still in pads. She has meltdowns and doesn't sleep much. She is a strong character like her sisters. She is loving and beautiful. Yes, it's all very hard, but I love my children immensely
Life was getting stressful for both girls out in the garden, especially with Annabelle who would put dirt and grass in her mouth and weeds. We had to cut down the trees and plants because she would climb over the fences and end up in next door gardens. I needed to make our garden a safe place for both girls. We put new high fences up, but still had a problem with the grass and mud. We couldn't push the wheelchair through the mud as it would get stuck. I did some thinking and my friend put me in touch with Ask Albie.
We now have beautiful Astro turf artificial grass for the girls. This has made life so much easier for us. Annabelle can go out in the garden now; no putting weeds and grass in her mouth and it's easier for her to run about and, if she falls, she doesn't get hurt. Megan can go out and self-propel herself in her wheelchair and this gives her that freedom to enjoy the garden.
I cannot thank you enough to Ask Albie for making this wish come true for my girls."