June’s Warriors – Reese & Emily

Today’s story is about two girls, twins in fact, who share the same diagnosis but very different interests.

We have introduced Emily to you before, you may remember her as one of our Little Heroes.

Emily and Reese were born at 29 weeks gestation and at just 4 weeks old Emily was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a type of Cerebral Palsy. Her parents were given the news that she might not live, might not walk, and might not ever talk. Reese, on the other hand, was given the all clear at the time and sent home.

At 3 years old though Reese’s mum started to notice movements that were very “CP” like and she suspected that she too had Cerebral Palsy. They saw a few physiotherapists before heading to their current physiotherapist who also agreed that she thought Reese might have Cerebral Palsy as well.

Just before her 4th birthday, Reese had an MRI which confirmed her diagnosis. The diagnosis didn’t really change anything as Reese had always joined in on Emily’s therapy growing up, except obviously from that point onwards the therapy became more specific to her needs.

While Emily and Reese each have a different diagnosis, they both share the journey of having a disability, of having cerebral palsy, and that is another thing that strengthens their bond as twins. They are a great support for each other.

Photo by Stefan Gosatti for Betts Kids Australia

But they are also very unique individuals. While Emily loves music, singing, acting and modelling, Reese loves all things sport. She plays AFL and has just started ParaAthletics this year which she loves.

Emily told us “I can do anything if I put my mind to it.” and both girls certainly do that every day of their lives.

Emily is an empowered girl – loving music, singing, acting and modelling. She is an advocate for diversity in advertising and the modelling industry.

Reese is an active go getter – she loves all things sport. She plays AFL and has just started ParaAthletics this year.

Shared with permission of Reese and Emily.

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