Seven year old Taryn loves to perform, sing, do crafts and
play games. Her sunny disposition and
infectious giggle are proof that she does not let her medical hardships stand in
her way. Taryn has been through a lot in her seven years. Her mother, Kathleen,
was pregnant with twins and gave birth to Taryn at just 30 weeks – 10 weeks
premature. Sadly, her twin sister Destiny did not survive. Taryn was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia
and spastic diplegia cerebral palsy shortly after birth. This diagnosis
prevented her from walking. Taryn got
around by crawling the majority of the time, but that didn’t stop her playful
spirit! Taryn often exclaimed, “Mom
watch me do a cart wheel!” as she spun around on her knees. She truly feels she can do anything – and she
continues to prove that she can.
On October 10, 2014, at just 5 years old, Taryn underwent
selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgery to loosen her tightened ligaments in hopes
that she would be able to walk. She was
transferred to PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ
for her intense inpatient therapy where she began her long road to recovery.
Taryn was discharged six weeks later and has made so much progress that she is
expected to not only walk, but RUN within a year!
Taryn is always smiling and singing her favorite songs from
"Sound of Music" or "Annie." Taryn also loves to spend time
with her four siblings, singing, doing crafts, and playing outside. Taryn's
future goal is to become a firefighter, just like her oldest brother! Taryn has a special
spirit and truly touches the lives of anyone she meets. Taryn certainly
inspires all to never give up.