For two women now walking with zeal, it hasn’t always been a walk in the park.
“Her leg didn't form all the way. Not only that, she had a club foot and dislocated hip,” said April Houston, Master Life Coach.
April was a young wife and parent whose first precious baby girl was born with Proximal femoral focal deficiency, a one in a million disability that would bring forth challenges for the new family.
“The struggle was the therapy. The part of mentally feeling like, ‘What did I do? What did he do? It wasn't genetic,” April said.
“You want to see them crawl and take their first steps. We thought we’d never experience that with her,” April said.
“I would see the mean side. She would just smile. I would be torn on the inside. You know, you want to protect and shelter them from the world's meanness,” April said.
“When people were mean, I didn't really pay much attention or give power to the people who did that,” said Kristian Houston, April’s daughter.
“She got off her crib with the cast on, pulled the cast off, sat in front of the TV, turned it on, pulled up, and looked at me like, ‘Mom you have the problem. I don't. I can do this. Now can you do this?” April said.
“She's a very active, determined person,” Kristian said.
“I just need to be the mom she needs in her life, to continuously encourage her, show her the way, and guide her because she's already guided. It's already in her,” April said.
April went on to release a book entitled “Damaged to Destined, Pit to the Palace” a series of obstacles she overcame and an inspiration to others. Step by step, Kristian sparked the purpose in her mother who is now an advocate for young women.
“She inspires me to keep moving forward. No matter how many times you get knocked down, no matter how many times you fall down, no matter how many times you fail, just get back up and keep moving,” April said.