“It is not her disability. It is her super power!” Everleigh’s mom, Mandie Fletcher of Georgetown, says of her daughter’s leg length difference, a condition Everleigh was born with. Everleigh is amazing but even super heroes need help sometimes and that is why Mandie was so happy to have Easterseals Children’s Therapy program right from the start!
“Everleigh amazes me every day. Nothing slows her down. Nothing is going to stop her,” Mandie says. “I could never say enough about her physical therapist, Megan. I don’t know what I would do without her or Easterseals in general. They have taught her to do everything in her own little way. I don’t know what I would have done if we didn’t have them for support.”
While the diagnosis may have been surprising at first, Mandie and her family soon realized that a disability does not define a person. Along with physical therapy, Everleigh started receiving speech and feeding therapies when she was two months old to help her transition from a feeding tube. She still receives physical therapy to help her adjust to a “foot-in-foot” orthopedic – a leg extender that corrects the leg difference and will soon help her walk independently.
“Everleigh is doing great now. She is starting to take steps unassisted with her orthotic,” Mandie says. “I would tell other parents to never give up and always ask questions. Give your child more credit than you think. Everleigh can do anything her brothers can. She is a rock star!”
A trusted provider of children’s therapy services for more than 70 years, Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore specializes in treating children ages birth through eighteen years with a variety of challenges. Easterseals specializes in meeting the needs of children and their families through creative, playful activities that go beyond traditional services.