Sunday, June 14, 2009


Sorry about the length of time between posting, folks. Between me graduating from University and starting a full time music teaching job, getting Kyle ready to graduate high school and Kennedy to transition meetings for going to her new, humungous middle school, things have been busy. I'll post more about these events soon. I want to talk eyes today.

Since the last post, Kennedy had a visit to the IWK Children's hospital for ophthamology. They said she is doing fabulous, her corneas look wonderful (surprisingly, they said, with her facial palsy and one not closing all the way for all these years), they gave her a new prescription (minor changes) and took some WICKED pictures of her optic disc, showing her two colobomas (these are the areas in white in the pictures below where there is incomplete tissue development). I am going to post the picture here but also on her main web site as I think it really speaks to the resiliency and ability to compensate that our children display. To think there's that much missing and she manages to see and do as well as she should with not only the vision issues but everything else going on in her little body - well I think it's just unbelievable. Yeah, I know. I'm biased.
Here is a picture of those colobomas (you can click on it to enlarge as well)

During the time we were down there, we had an opportunity to have a visit with dear friends Jeanie & MacKenzie. As some of you know, Kennedy & MacKenzie have been friends since they were babies. MacKenzie was named as this year's Champion Child for the IWK Children's Hospital for the Children's Miracle Network Telethons that take place last week of May/first week of June. She has been quite the little celebrity, on TV, going on trips in Canada & the US, doing various interviews and attending other functions. We are so proud of her and happy to see CHARGE syndrome awareness increasing because of this amazing little girl.

So they had a visit at the hospital as MacKenzie had an appointment the same day, but they also had to go to the TV station for Mac to do an interview. Kennedy was SO excited, asking a million questions, etc. MacKenzie had done enough of this in the past little while that she was as cool as a cucumber. Kennedy was asking, "Do we say 'Action!'?" and telling everyone she was an actress. It was really cute. The director gave her a 'director's' chair to sit in and told her that she would get to say, "Action!" when it was time and he counted down to her. She was just tickled.

After the interview the host of Breakfast Television, Jayson Baxter, took us all around for a tour of the newsroom set for CTV Live at Five and the news at 6, and introduced us to a bunch of folks we see on TV every night. Kennedy thought it was great (so did I to be honest!). I just want to say that the folks at CTV were generous and kind, giving up their precious busy work time to do a little something special for the girls. As we were leaving, Jayson grabbed a camera operator outside and said, "Kennedy, we're going to get you on TV" and taped a short spot with her telling everyone her name, where she was from, and to watch the IWK telethon. It meant the world to her and she was so excited to see herself on TV the next morning.

Here are a couple of pictures from our visits with MacKenzie and from the TV station visit:

Kennedy and MacKenzie - at the IWK, the first place we ever met...

Kennedy & MacKenzie with Jayson Baxter from BT (super nice guy!):

Kennedy & MacKenzie with Steve Murphy, long-time host of the Evening News at 6 (and native Saint Johner):

Kennedy & MacKenzie with Liz Rigney, who works on CTV's Live at Five:


hannah m said...

I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to see Kennedy and MacKenzie behind the scenes at the news. That is SO Kennedy's cup of tea...seriously, so her! Do we get to see the clip of Kennedy's news promo?!! :-)

Lisa W. said...

I'm not sure if we'll be able to get a copy of the clip or not - I'll have to check!

Kristi said...

It always makes me so happy to see Kennedy and MacKenzie together. This time, though, it made me so emotional... they are both getting so big! They are not little girls anymore, are they? My brain knows this but, I guess tonight, my heart actually felt it. Twinge.
LOVE that they got to do the news tour together! What fun!

Regarding Kennedy's colobomas... isn't it amazing?! You look at those colobomas and realize what she should be seeing and how she shouldn't be seeing... and it makes everything that she does do so much more miraculous than it already is... and miraculous it is, indeed!

Leslie, Arlin and Katie Kauffman said...

I just love those pics of Kennedy and MacKenzie! I bet they were both in 7th Heaven!

Thanks for posting those pictures of Kennedy's colobomas, too. That's the first time I've actually seen a picture of one. Wow. Isn't it amazing how much vision our kids are missing, and yet they do so well with what little vision they have? Katie's functional vision is amazing. She can spot the tiniest piece of lint on the floor with no problem--and believe me, it's no problem to find those in my house, considering how very little time I find to clean anymore! :-)

Schnaderbeck Family said...

We're going to have to get all of our movie stars together at the conference for autographs! :) Absolutely awesome! Our children are bringing joy and happiness to all people they encounter. Absolutely wonderful!

Shelly and Luke said...

Hi Lisa and Kennedy. It's been a while since I've commented but I have been checking in on you. I just love the pics of the girls together. They look so sweet (and so grown up standing there like such little ladies) and it's so awesome to see such a wonderful friendship like that. Very interesting pics of the colobomas. You said it perfectly... it is truly amazing how well she does, despite having them. I followed the school yard incident... what an ordeal that was! Glad surgery is over now and everything went well. Can't wait to see you both at the conference!

Shelly & Luke

Amélie said...

wow the coloboma pictures are great we never get these in the UK, impressive... your life sounds as manic and chaotic as mine Lisa, when I read on here I feel calm...knowing I am not suffering in silence lol Kennedy is looking as gorg as ever xx