Project: Just Like You is proud to present Annabelle! This is her story.
Annabelle is 3 years old and is diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula, commonly refereed to as EA/TEF.
According to her amazing mom, Emily, “Annabelle was born with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula, commonly refereed to as EA/TEF. It essentially means her esophagus did not connect to her stomach and instead there was an abnormal connection between her esophagus and trachea. She had surgery to repair at two days old and spent a month in the NICU recovering. As a result of her condition, her esophagus didn’t work normally for her until very recently. She couldn’t eat any solid food until age 2 and had episodes of food being stuck almost daily. She has had 4 procedures to stretch her esophagus to normal size. She’s also extremely susceptible to respiratory illness and had pneumonia nine times in the first two years of life.
Lucky for us, Annabelle is doing really well, but more importantly, she is as silly and sassy as any other three year old. I call her angel face because when you look at her you can see her kindness and goodness shining through. She loves being a big sister and takes being a dog owner very seriously. Every night she insists on tucking in our dog. She was loves learning about the animals on her favorite show The Octonauts and was Captain Barnacle for Halloween. Her most favorite thing to do is visit with her cousin’s horse who she also claims is her horse.”
Annabelle, may your kindness and goodness always shine through. May your love for learning never stop. May your life be a testimony of strength and courage to everyone you meet. You have endured so much in your short span of life and yet your joy and happiness far exceed your struggles. Thank you for being a source of strength for us all!
Annabelle is #JustLikeYou