“The biggest mistake I made is that I feel guilty because all I saw was her disability. I let it kind of take over. All I saw was what Ivy could not do, through (her twin sister) Isabel. You have to change the way you think. Once I changed that, once I realized she is in there, I knew she was alright. Your child is not their diagnosis. Your mentality, and how you take it, can make or break you.”
This is the mantra of Shelly Raley, 35.
She’s a mother of 3-year-old twin daughters, but there’s nothing identical about her girls.
Isabel walks, talks, laughs, explores and asks questions about the world as she watches it unfold.
Ivy, on the other hand, does none of this.
She cries with frustration, as she can’t express her emotions.
She wails in pain, trying to figure out why everything hurts so much.
She doesn’t walk.
She doesn’t talk.
And every day is a battle to simply keep this little girl alive.
Thousands of people around the world have been following “Mighty Ivy” on Facebook, as this Chatsworth, Georgia, family struggles to find normalcy after being dealt an extraordinarily challenging hand in life.