14 years old
What does Katelyn love about herself:
"She likes her attitude and; how she doesn't let anything slow her down."
What makes Katelyn awesome?
"I don't let anything stop me. I am one of those people that if you tell me I can't do something, I am going to make sure I do it."
What makes your daughter awesome?
"So much makes this kiddo awesome, I don't even know where to start! First of all, she is GORGEOUS....I mean seriously....look at her! Stunning! She is a super crazy talented makeup artist at 14. The future for her is SO bright in the cosmetics industry! She is in training to compete in the US Open Wheelchair tennis tournament in St Louis next year and we are so proud and excited! She loves playing tennis and will take the tournament by storm next year!!"
What do you know now that you wish you had known when your first heard the SB diagnoses?
"How amazing this kid would grow up to be. When you first get that diagnosis, the doctors always paint such a bleak image for their future. I remember holding Katelyn as a baby thinking that she would depend on us for everything and just being so stressed out about everything. Although there is still the underlying health related stress, I find that I just enjoy the heck outta this girl and her goofy personality! A day doesn't pass where she doesn't have me in stitches with her quick wit or in awe over her amazing talent and tenacity. So I think I would simply tell the new mom: Enjoy and suck up every single minute. They grow so fast, that you blink and they are growing up right before you very eyes."
Describe yourself in one word: Independent
What do you want people to know about you?
What I like most about myself is that I am funny, smart, kind, fun and independent."
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