Ava's life - 23wks 5days

As written by Ava

My life was not very easy at the start, I was a premature baby. Born at 23 weeks and 5 days and I weighed 645 grams. I spent about 4 months in the NICU, then I came home to my family.  
 
For about a year and a half I had extra oxygen through a tank and tubes, sometimes I feel sad when I see photos of me as a baby with the tubes.  Plus I had one of my vocal cords damaged when they put a tube down my throat to help Ava 23wks.jpegme breathe when I was in hospital. So if i did singing, it was very  very quiet.  
 
In my family there is my Mum (Bex), my Dad (Chris) and my older brother (Jedi). I love my family. 
 
When I started pre-school, I didn't have many friends, except for these nice kids called Jack and Ira. Jack and I now go to the same primary school and I have met a lot of really good friends, we had great teachers for all our years. They have been Lee, Jo, Mrs Huntington, Alison, Miss Plant and now Jason (for year 6). I really enjoy primary school and have fun.  
 
I have had operations to help fix my vocal cords. I don't like operations, but I like how they have helped me be a bit louder. People ask me why I have not got a normal voice, or if I have a cold or sore throat? But that’s just the way I am. A funny, kind, lovely girl with some problems with her voice!  
 
I’m ok just the way I am, with my voice, a hearing aid for my right ear and glasses. It is who I am.  I also used to have to have lots of physio when I was younger, to help with sports. The sports I do now are netball, swimming and ballet, I really enjoy all of them. Ava now.jpeg
 
I also like to do dancing at home too, plus I have a netball hoop as well! My favorite hobbies are: drawing, dancing, singing, playing piano, writing stories, running, biking and… yoga! I want to be an author when I'm older. I love drawing in my books, any type of books eg. writing book, maths book, and ... art drawing book. 
 
I’m going to be in year 7 in 2020 and I am so happy.  Thank you for reading the story of my life.

 

*** Thanks for sharing your story Ava! ***

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