Here, Libby shares her raw, honest and extraordinary tale of crossing over into the unknown world of special needs parenting, the emotional rollercoaster of adjusting to her family's new reality and their battle with mainstream medicine, so Isabella could one day take her first independent steps. Needing to express what she was going through, Libby immersed herself in the world of social media, so she could help transform the loneliness of families just like hers. She made it her mission to forge a global special needs community and, above all, celebrate the daily victories of raising a little girl who just wouldn't give up and always looked on the bright side of any situation. From bravely trusting in world-renowned doctors, celebrated for their controversial surgery techniques, to finding ways of helping others and raising awareness, Libby and her husband, Joe, put everything on the line to let their daughter's spirit fly free. Experience their inspiring journey of can-do determination, empathy and the sheer joy of discovering what children with special challenges es can teach all of us about dreaming big and spreading our own wings.
Prologue 1 Chapter One The Early Days 7 Chapter Two Birth 15 Chapter Three Medical Mystery Tour 23 Chapter Four: You've Got To Move It-Move It 31 Chapter Five: Hello, World 47 Chapter Six: Take Two: Another Baby 59 Chapter Seven: Lifesaver: Discovering SDR 65 Chapter Eight: Today's The Day: SDR Surgery 81 Chapter Nine: Post Surgery: Our Brave New World 93 Chapter Ten: Maybe It's Me 101 Chapter Eleven: Our Tribe: The Lucky Few 111 Chapter Twelve: Mayday, Mayday 125 Chapter Thirteen: Analyse This 135 Chapter Fourteen: Class Act 141 Chapter Fifteen: See You Later, Mum 157 Chapter Sixteen: Keep The Faith 167 Chapter Seventeen: #TeamIsabellalombardo: Going Virtual 177 Chapter Eighteen: Viva Los Lombardos 187 Chapter Nineteen: Showtime! 60 Minutes 199 Chapter Twenty: Action! 213 Epilogue 225 Acknowledgment 227