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Brooke's Story: Living With Williams Syndrome. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, June 02, 2011

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Un update on the Yung family of Virginia, particularly Brooke, who is seven and has special needs.

Hello! It is a long time since i've last written; please forgive me?

Cassidy Yung here.  Hope this finds you in relatively good spirits. As for us, our two kids keep us hopping, particularly Brooke, who is seven and has special needs.  She was born with a relatively rare syndrome called Williams syndrome, which has left her mentally disabled.  Because of her syndrome, Brookie has behavioral issues and often acts a lot younger than her seven years.  You never know when she is going to fly off the handle; one has to be extremely careful around her.

It is hard to introduce change to Brooke.  If there is sudden changes in her routine, she will lie in the middle of the floor and scream her head off until we go over and pick her up off the ground and tell her we won't stand for her games.  She usually then stops, but then she's mad at us the rest of the day until she cools her jets.

When her routine is familiar, Brooke is as happy as a clam.  She loves to watch cartoons on television, sing, look at picture books, play with her toys, annoy her brothers (we have since had a new baby; he is now six months old; his name is Bryce Jun), and annoy the cat and dog.  Brooke also loves to play dress up and pretend that she is a princess; Cinderella is her absolute favorite.

School is about over for another year.  In a few weeks, the kids will be home for the summer.  I am not really looking forward to it because Brooke can be such a little tornado at times; she can dismantle a house in just moments after we spent the last two days getting it in order.  It's amazing how much damage one small child can do! LOL

I am seriously thinking of enrolling Brooke into a summer daycare setting for several hours; that way, Park (my husband) and I can spend more time with the other two children; it seems that Brooke demands a lot of our time, and we all could use a "Brookie-Break"!

The weather was horrible yesterday: threat of tornadoes, severe hail, high winds, much in the way of lightning/thunder.  It was quite scary, especially when the tornado sirens went off!  We spent a good part of the afternoon/evening cooped up in our basement until the all clear was given.  Thank God, no damage our way, but there were tornadoes north and east (and south) of here!  Too close for comfort!

Today is supposed to be much calmer and nicer: bright sunshine with cooler temperatures. 

Well, I have to run: the phone is ringing. Hopefully it isn't another danged telemarketer!  We've been getting hit hard with sales calls lately, and I'm about to pull my hair out in frustration!  Until later, take care and may God bless you!  I will try to do better in my writing and not wait so long to do it!  Forgive me? 

~Cassidy.  :)

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/3/2011
Another excellent update, this Mother sounds like one busy woman!!!
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Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/3/2011
Nice update once again, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/2/2011
Has to be hard raising a child with significant special needs. What I read in these lines ... well done, Karen.

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

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