Shortly after Aini’s first birthday, she was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy Syndrome. The exact cause was not known, only that the doctor assumed she was infected with some kind of virus that weakened her face muscles.
The result of the syndrome was very heart-breaking!
Could you imagine a little girl (as little as 1 year old) who was once healthy and normal, all of a sudden had a lopsided smile on one side of her face?? I cried whenever I saw her. In my mind, I kept on thinking it was unfair for such pure and innocent soul to face that cruel fate.
My husband and I, along with my parents, went through her treatments which seemed like long and endless times.
We went through a twice a week therapy for some months, got her expensive medications, met several specialists in two different hospitals… spent minutes on our day and night time to massage her face at home, and more.
With a part of my heart broken, I had to stand strong and carry on with our lives. With time passing by, I realized then that I might fall to pieces but should never be carried away with my sadness. Because my baby needed me, and she needed me to stand strong by her to fully get over everything.
In the end, all we could give was a total surrender to God. We’ve tried our best to heal our daughter, but the result could be anything from success to failure. One thing for sure was, whatever her condition would become later, she’d always be our prettiest, loveliest, beloved daughter…