Frequently Asked Questions about Ellie Grace
Q: What is Cerebral Palsy?
A: Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child's brain is under development. Cerebral Palsy primary affects body movement and muscle coordination. You can read more here.
Q: What is Microcephaly?
A: Microcephaly is a condition where a baby's head is much smaller than expected. You can read more here.
Q: What is Polymicrogyria?
A: The surface of the brain normally has many ridges or folds, called gyri. In children born with Polymicrogyria, the brain develops too many folds, and the folds are unusually small. The name of this condition literally means too many (poly-) small (micro-) folds (gyria) in the surface of the brain. You can read more here.
Q: What is Epilepsy?
A: Epilepsy means the same thing as "seizure disorders." It is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems. Epilepsy is a spectrum condition with a wide range of seizure types and control varying from person-to-person. You can read more here.
Q: Will Ellie ever be able to walk or talk?
A: Some doctors have said that Ellie will always require a wheelchair for mobility, others have said that they think Ellie will eventually be able to walk with only minor assistance/equipment. I am choosing to let Ellie lead the way on what she will and will not be able to do. We celebrate inch-stones and every little new development is cause for major celebration!
Q: Do you have contact with Ellie's biological family in Ghana?
A: Yes! Ellie's entire biological extended family is very dear to us. We call and message them often, and had the opportunity to visit them in their village as well. They are in full support of Ellie being in my care and have given their blessing and approval for Ellie to be my daughter forever.
Q: Why did Ellie's adoption take three years?
A: Due to Ghanaian and American laws, I had to foster Ellie in Ghana for two years before I was able to apply for adoption. The adoption process was long and strenuous year with a lot of battles due to many factors. Ellie's adoption was not a typical Ghana adoption and is a unique case that has never been done in the country.
Q: Will you adopt again?
A: Yes! I would love to continue to grow my family through adoption. Once we are settled and rooted in America I hope to begin another adoption process domestically or internationally. I feel burdened to adopt special needs and/or waiting children who need a forever family. Ellie cant wait for a sibling! Or 5!
Q: Where do you live in the US?
A: We currently live just outside Chicago.