Written By: Jillian Lancour
It was March of 2013 when my little 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. It was devastating news with a mix of relief. My daughter Kaydi had been seen by three different Pediatricians, who all told us different reasons why my little girl was slow to learn to walk and when she did learn, why she walked with an extreme limp. We heard things like: “This is just how she was born.” or “She’ll grow out of it.” But I knew this wasn’t normal and I knew there had to be a reason and a solution. I didn’t give up and after taking her to a specialist, it turns out, her little leg bone was not even attached to her hip. It was resting on tissue and this also meant that she would have to have a major surgery and wear a full spica cast for 10 weeks, followed by physical therapy and a second surgery.
During this time in our life, my husband was a truck driver and would be gone for weeks at a time. We also had a one year old. Because of his schedule, he wouldn’t be there for the surgery or the summer when she would need us both the most. We lived in Florida and Kaydi being in a full lower body cast, as a three year old for 10 weeks almost seemed too daunting. I didn’t know how I was going to handle it all. I missed my husband and I knew I would have to really step up and be both mom and dad. Thankfully, I wasn’t completely alone. My mother in law came to stay and help me and I also had my family as well for support.
To keep my spirits high, I spent a lot of time telling myself to be STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. I would pray for God’s strength to replace my own weakness and to help me get through every single day but what I found was that God really worked through my little girl to speak to my heart. I have never seen such strength in a little person. She took it all like a champ. Every obstacle, we tried making fun, and she went right along with it. A few times when I ended up breaking down in tears because I missed my husband, exhaustion, or even just “this isn’t fair for her”, my little Kaydi told me that it was going to be okay. My little girl, all stitched and bandaged, in pain and uncomfortable, and she was comforting me.
I attribute her amazing attitude to her faith. Kaydi, from a very little age, demonstrated a passionate love for God. She believes fully that He is her Lord and she trusts Him to take care of her. Her child-like faith is inspiring to me and still is. She didn’t question one time why this happened to her. She didn’t complain. There is so much I can learn from her.
Kaydi is now 7 years old and we’re still working through some issues with her leg but she is completely healed and extremely active. I am very grateful. What I took from Kaydi’s surgery and her recovery is to remember that God is always strong and when we feel helpless, He comes alongside us and lifts us up. Sometimes bad things do happen and we wont always know why but our attitude and faith can make all the difference in the journey. He is so good. I loved seeing God shine through my little one and it will always be an example to me of true faith.
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Jillian
Jillian is a bubbly wife and a mother to two precious little girls. She full-time blogs at ScriptureAndHeelsBlog.com and is getting ready to tackle Homeschooling. She loves thrift store fashion, pancakes, and dating her hubby. Her background is in Theatre and Christian Life Coaching. Psalm 138:3