Isolde2isolde-2015-1Girl, born November 1999
Cerebral palsy

#AGINGOUT November 2015

Isolde is described as creative and eager.

From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2015:  “Isolde is a girl who knows what perseverance, hope and love is. A girl who has seen many of her friends being adopted and she is happy for them. She asks how they are doing and she loves seeing their pictures again. While looking at the pictures she kept repeating: ‘*name of child*, papa and mama now?!’ She understands the concept of love. She really cares about the children around her. She asks the children with parents, if they have been visited lately. And one day she asked me if I loved one of the other children. I told her yes and I told her I love her as well. She looked a moment at me, thinking, and slowly a smile covered her face. She wrapped her arms around me and whispered ‘I love you too.’ From that moment on I couldn’t pass her by without a hug. She would pull my arm, call my name, try to follow me, until we hugged. She is so happy for her friends who are adopted, but she has been passed by over and over again. She understands the concept of a family. Isolde has cerebral palsy. Because of this she has a hard time walking. She learned how to walk a couple years ago. She persevered until she could walk. She is such a fighter. Every day she would practice together, until she couldn’t stand on her legs anymore. For a while she received physical therapy and her walking improved and her muscles got stronger. Last year there was no money for physical therapy in the facility anymore and she lost a lot of her ability. Now there is a simple form of physical therapy again and her walking has improved again. Right now she is able to walk with a walker. She does need something to hold on very tight with two hands. (That can also be a person or some bars.) She let her legs being stretched, as if she understands (without words in her own language) that stretching will help her. Stretching her legs gives her a lot more flexibility. She accepts the pain that comes with stretching, so she can also have the relieve after the stretching. After the stretching she can almost straigthen her legs (which is totally impossible for her without stretching). Isolde uses the bathroom by herself and she can dress herself (sometimes with a little help). I expect that she is also capable of washing herself for the most part. She can eat and drink by herself. And she is very helpful and loving with smaller children. I have never seen her hurt anyone. She is very patient and I can’t say it enough, she is so loving to everyone she meets. She is able to talk, although it is hard to understand sometimes, because of her cerebral palsy. With the right therapy (at least physical therapy and speech therapy) she will be able to achieve so much. As a child Isolde has been operated on her feet/ankles. I don’t know if she gained a lot of abilities with it, but at least she lost them again. But whenever someone invests time and energy in exercizing with her, she already gains a lot of abilities again. Let’s end this with some examples of her (social) functioning. Isolde is best friends with Duane. She has been for years. She loves him like no other. They are not in the same group currently and she tries to spend time with him whenever the nurses let her. She will go hug him and talk to him. She will tell him she loves him. She tries to help him to stay standing when he’s getting tired, eventhough she can hardly stand on her legs by herself. She wants to spend as much time with him as she can. Isolde understands the idea of consequences. One day I was walking around with her, behind the wheelchair of Duane. Duane was acting out and behaving not very well. And she would tell him to stop. She’d tell him that if he wouldn’t stop, he would have to go back to the group and that they couldn’t walk around anymore and spend time together. He kept acting out and she got a bit upset and just kept telling him: ‘Stop, don’t do this.’ We had to bring him back to the group and she was obviously upset and disappointed Another day I took her for a round alone and on the other side of the building (out of sight for the nurses) I put her wheelchair on the brakes and challenged her to get out. We walked around until she was tired. When I brought her back to the group, she kept hugging me and thanking me for walking around with her. Isolde has to get out fast! Her chance is almost gone. I am so afraid that she will lose her positive spirit if she stays trapped in a facility for the rest of her life. She can achieve so much. I am convinced that she can live a close to normal life. Isolde is very dear to me. I’ve spent quite some time with her in the last 5 years. I feel strongly that she would do great in any family, as an only child, as a child in a bigger family, as the oldest or the youngest. And I expect that she will thrive in no time. I expect that she will do great, that she can embrace life to the fullest. When I look at how happy she is for others who get adopted, I can only imagine how happy she’ll be when it is finally her time. I always try to keep the updates basic and not too emotional, but I cannot stay basic with this girl. She deserves a family and she needs one so badly. And I am truly convinced that she would make a great daughter. Please share her as much as you can, because time’s up! And maybe, maybe this is your daughter!”


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