In the United States, Christina Smallwood, mother to Finley Smallwood shares an Instagram account "fifandmo" which is filled with fashionable outfits, mommy-daughter bonding, cute yoga sessions and family time. Behind all of these pictures documented on social media, there is a little misfortune. Finley, her 3-year-old adopted daughter, suffers from Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy with overall Left side weakness due to her premature delivery. The family went through the ordeal together and tried to make Finley's childhood as normal as they could.
Finley's official diagnosis, according to Christina's blog:
"Spastic diplegia, historically known as Little's Disease, is a form of CP that is a chronic neuromuscular condition of hypertonia and spasticity - manifested as an unusually high and constant "tightness" or "stiffness" - in the muscles of the lower extremities of the human body, usually those of the legs, hips and pelvis."
After her recent surgery to control the spasticity in November, the family continues to document themselves on social media, with a fan following of over 60,000 on Instagram.
Christina's blog has made her feel less isolated with all the other mothers who face the same challenges of giving their children normal lives and spread more awareness for the same.