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Chante' 's Story.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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A little girl's mother writes about her daughter.

Chante' Promise is my daughter.  She is eight years old, and is the joy of my world.

My name is Erydu Otumbwa.  I have two other children besides Chante':  six-year-old Ricardo Quinton and four-year-old Kenya Africa; however it is Chante's story I am sharing with you here.

Chante' was born seemingly okay; however, a few days later, doctors became concerned that she may have had sustained brain damage:  she wasn't tracking with her eyes, and her movements seemed stilted, jerky somehow.  It was at the age of one year when she was diagnosed with having cerebral palsy.

The kind of cerebral palsy she has affects her entire body.  She cannot speak, but her face, eyes speak volumes: she is very adept at making her feelings, desires, wants known to people.  She is spastic in nature; she will probably never walk.  She has always been in a wheelchair.

Because of her CP, Chante' cannot feed herself or do much for herself; yet even with the serious nature of her disability, she is not stupid, not by a long shot.  She is very smart; so smart, in fact, she has been placed in the gifted class at her school!  She can read books geared for older readers, and she can write by using a pointer device she wears strapped around her head; she strikes the keys of her computer with her pointer to type/write, or even draw.  She can use a computer better than most able-bodied adults!

Chante' loves to swim; in the water, she can move her body without any difficulty; it is here where she feels free.  Of course, someone has to be with her at all times, so she doesn't slip (or possibly drown), but she loves to swim with the other children in her class.

Chante' loves to "dance".  She loves Miley Cyrus and most of all (another main love she has is Usher); she knows all their songs by heart.  She will "sing" along with gusto; she has had the chance to see many of her favorite singers in concert, and the stars absolutely love her.  I can see why:  Chante' is a child with a megawatt personality.

Ricardo and Kenya don't care that their sister is handicapped: they think her wheelchair is cool, and they love the attention that she brings; when people see Chante', they also notice Kenya and Ricardo, and they eat it all up.  They do get sad sometimes that she can't walk or talk, but they love playing with her just the same; to them, her disabilities don't matter, which is the way it should be.

Well, Kenya is crying, so I must see what is going on.  I will write in here again another day with more stories about not only Chante', but Kenya and Ricardo as well; I could write an entire book with stories about our family!  Until later, this is Erydu Otumbwa signing off; take care and may God bless you always!

~Love, your new friend in Ocala, Florida, Erydu Elaine Otumbwa, mom to Chante', Ricardo, and Kenya.  :)

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 5/20/2009
So very touching, Karen. It certainly causes the heart to swell a bit for Chanté. Well done! Hugs, Elizabeth :)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/12/2009
Excellant character Karen. Well done.

Reviewed by Linda Settles 5/12/2009
If it is true that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world," as I have heard, the influence of a Mom like Erydu is immeasurable. Thanks for the introduction to this marvelous character.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/12/2009
Karen how do you keep track, another wonderful charachter, one I look forward to getting to know
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/12/2009
... a great new friend to add to the ever-growing list, Karen! Erydu Elaine sounds so effusive and full of enthusiasm, love and vitality that her children must be permanently made strong and happy just by having her as their precious Mom! Chante is in very good and safe hands, by the sounds of it, and how wonderful to have doting siblings as well. In such households, even disability becomes opportunity and adventure. I look forward to more Otumbwa tales. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Mary Coe 5/12/2009
This is such an uplifting and heartwarming story. An excellent write.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/12/2009
Heartwarming and uplifting story! God bless children! This little girl could teach the world so much about courage, strength and hope! Thank you for sharing this powerful story.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/12/2009
Excellent write Karen. God bless.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/12/2009
You give children who are disabled a voice - keep doing this. An excellent write of what families go through. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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