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It Arrived!!! Let the Adventures Begin!

December 22, 2010 by Victoria Strong

Yep...it's an extra special, super duper, really big, awesome, stupendous surprise... just in time for Christmas! Gwendolyn's POWER CHAIR ARRIVED! EEEEEEEEEEEE! Yipee! Yipee! We are pretty darn excited around here...but most importantly, Gwendolyn is OVER. THE. MOON!!!

Yesterday all three of us went to Gwendolyn's therapy appointment with fingers crossed that her chair would really be there and would really be ready to roll. This has been such a long and thorough process that took enormous creativity and patience on the part of a lot of people. We have been working at this and hoping for this for over a year (see posts here, here, here, here, and here). And so to see it now come to fruition, well, joy is an understatement.

Gwendolyn was ready the moment she saw it. It was still in it's plastic and so we all got to see the grand unveiling. She admired the silver base, but the purple seat...make that purple sparkly seat...really caught her attention. Oh yeah! And it didn't take more than a minute before she was letting us know she wanted in it...now! It was amazing placing her in the seat for the first time. It was incredible seeing her sit up in her very own power chair. It leaves us without words to see her so proud of herself...so beyond proud of herself.

There were lots of different adjustments needed and the awesome women who made this all happen (Christie, Jane and Emily) got to work right away like Santa's busy elves. Screws, washers, and wrenches were everywhere and while Emily worked on the foot rests, Jane tinkered with the head support, and Christie elevated the arm rests. At one point a mallot even came out. All the while, Gwendolyn sat perfectly content to admire her new chair and herself sitting in her chair in a big full-length mirror. Okay, she is only three, so she was really patient for a three year old, but pretty soon little Miss Gwendolyn was ready to hit the road.

An enormous THANK YOU to Christie, Jane and Emily!!! We can not express our full gratitude for all that they have done over the last year to make this happen. Many therapists would have never even allowed Gwendolyn the opportunity to try a power chair. And many more would have grown impatient and frustrated by the many challenges we faced. Because of you three, we found just the right fit for our special little girl and it has already opened up a new world for her.

And we can't wait to lose our breath as we try to stay by her side for the adventure!!!

 

Talk About It

It's amazing!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOO excited for the 3 of you.......I can't wait till Charleston gets one!!!!
Posted by Teri Taylor on 2010-12-22 08:59:48
That was an amazing Trailer!!! We are so excited for the rest. to come. Way to go Gwendolyn you big girl! LOVE the purple sparkly!
Posted by Lindsey Coleman on 2010-12-22 09:06:39
Incredible! I can't wait to see more adventures!
Posted by Mark on 2010-12-22 09:23:58
LOVE the movie trailer!! I can't wait for the next one!! SO AWESOME! Go Gwendolyn!!!
Posted by Allison Wehrkamp on 2010-12-22 09:24:48
I can hardly wait for the movie release and see all the adventures Gwendolyn finds herself in. Have a grand time in your new chair! --Mari
Posted by Mari aka "Thorney" on 2010-12-22 10:21:00
LOVE IT! She's gonna figure out that power-chair in no time. She's so smart. I'm so happy for you!
Posted by Cecille Manson on 2010-12-22 10:29:38
YAY!!! YAY YAY YAY!!! She is going to LOVE that independent movement! Now come back over here and we can race!
Posted by Devon on 2010-12-22 11:20:36
Yah!!! I am so excited for all of you, but especially Miss.G!! I can see why she like the sparkly purple chair, that is pretty special! I am looking forward to seeing many more adventures with Gwendolyn and her chair! Hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2010-12-22 12:08:41
Wow. This is VERY exciting!! Nice wheels, babe! She definitely needs a personalized vanity license plate smile
Posted by Dani G on 2010-12-22 16:42:55
One word - A W E S O M E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Kristen on 2010-12-22 17:07:19
What AMAZING news! And I LOVE the movie trailer...can't wait for the feature! Way to go guys....what a fabulous early Christmas present!
Posted by Lisa Moffat on 2010-12-22 18:49:19
I can't wait for more adventures!
Posted by Robin on 2010-12-22 18:56:05
wow wow wow wow wow It looks like a #1 Blockbuster for sure!!! I love that soon Gwendolyn will feel the independance to head out on her own a bit.... I love the snazzy color! I LOVE that your precious little lady is so excited. Truly a great Christmas present....... I sat in tears smiling at the fabulous video. You are Awesome parents!!!!
Posted by Penny on 2010-12-22 19:19:42
OMG!! The best Christmas gift ever!! Can't wait for the movie - the trailer was FAB!! Good luck keeping up with Miss G once she gets going!!
Posted by Sheri on 2010-12-22 19:59:52
This is sooooo GREAT! Tell Jimmy Johnson that Gwendolyn and her team want a race. She is such a cute speed racer. And we love the movie trailer. We guys are so creative. Looking forward to Gwendolyns movie!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2010-12-23 07:55:59
love, love, love the movie!!!
Posted by maggie on 2010-12-23 08:31:31
Her very own movie! how awesome!! Love the power chair Miss G. especially the sparkly purple seat. She looks really grown up sat on her purple throne. Have an awesome Christmas.
Posted by Carol on 2010-12-23 20:22:56
What AMAZING news! And I LOVE the movie trailer...can't wait for the feature! Way to go guys....what a fabulous early Christmas present!
Posted by Myrna Beard on 2010-12-25 15:54:32
wow wow wow wow wow It looks like a #1 Blockbuster for sure!!! I love that soon Gwendolyn will feel the independance to head out on her own a bit.... I love the snazzy color! I LOVE that your precious little lady is so excited. Truly a great Christmas present....... I sat in tears smiling at the fabulous video. You are Awesome parents!!!!
Posted by Rose Graham on 2010-12-28 23:21:38

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