Dr. Clark reminded us the hardest part was next: successful permanent correction of Elle's feet would require diligent, long-term wearing of a Ponseti brace.
All day. Every day.
We would be religious about her wearing the brace. 23 hours a day for 3 months. Then hopefully just at night.
For years. Until her feet would rest in a neutral position and not revert back.
But what else could I do? How could I help her beyond that time? What if she were to have a child someday with...gulp...an issue? How could I monumentally make a difference for her as a mother?
Deep within was a glimmer born in the moment I saw the smile from Dr. Clark. He had released the paralyzing fear in me. I needed to do something to mark that moment for all parents or relatives going through a difficult diagnosis of a child. A way to release the brace of the diagnosis. Of the worry. Of the hurting.
I had an idea. A story.
It would be our mark: Gracefully. A book.