She is me. I am her.

Amblyopia.  Strabismus.  Nystagmus.  Words very familiar to me.  Words throughout my own medical history.  These words led to surgeries, patching, therapies, glasses thicker than coke bottles, appointment after appointment after appointment.  While it was difficult at the time, looking back, I realize I could not have been luckier.  Parents dedicated to seeking the best medical care possible, parents with access to resources, stay-at-home Mom to ensure daily eye muscle exercises were done, medical insurance that covered most procedures, specialists, and appointments – my support system was rock solid.  And now, thanks to all of that, here I sit with (strong) contacts in, and no one would ever know that on more than one occasion there were significant concerns about the future of my vision.

Meet Pippa.  Amblyopia.  Strabismus.  Nystagmus.  Post-operative cataracts.  She is me.  I am her.  But not.  I could have been.  I could have been born into circumstances with those same words attached to me, but without the support system that I had.  I could have been Pippa.  Any one of us, or our children, could have been Pippa.  Though she doesn’t have the support system necessary to thrive, her spirit is more than apparent.  Despite those words attached to her, Pippa has a spunk that will take her places – with your help.  Be her support system.  Be her rock.  So she can do all the things she is meant to do.


Pippa is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  She is 10-years-old.  There is a $2,000 grant available to the family who steps forward to adopt her.  Please email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information, or complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form to be considered as her family.