This is a story about Suzanna Bailey, who at the age of fourteen months began experiencing epileptic seizures. Consequently, these seizures led to countless appointments with medical professionals. Six successive brain surgeries left her with life-changing brain injuries, resulting in physical disabilities and behavioural challenges.
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About the Author
As you read our story, you will notice that we reference interviews and articles written by the “Book Team”: Jane, Sylvia, Aga, and BettyAnne. When the Bailey family requested assistance from our agency, the Langley Association for Community Living, it was decided that a home with a family-like type of environment was to be designed so that care and support for Suzanna and her parents could be offered in a holistic and caring manner. The staff of the first home (Benz Crescent) were instrumental in these early years of Suzanna’s life, as they attended to her needs with compassion and caring. Over the years, many staff members offered support and guidance for Suzanna, but two ladies (and their families) who have been most influential were Jane and Sylvia. Both were staff supervisors and have known Suzanna and her family since she was ten years old. Their long-term relationship with the Baileys provided valuable insight and recollections as groundwork for this book. Today, both Jane and Sylvia and their families still include Suzie in many social events. BettyAnne was the Respite and Family Support Coordinator for LACL and offered administrative support until Suzie reached adulthood. BettyAnne continues to applaud Suzie’s successes up to this day. She provided gentle direction to the whirlwind of ideas, often guiding the team to find a solution pleasing to all when differences of opinion occurred. As Suzanna moved into her own townhouse complex, several key staff along with Sylvia continued to provide guidance to ensure Suzie was reaching her potential. Upon Sylvia’s retirement, Aga became her staff supervisor, and an instant bond developed. Building on the groundwork set by Sylvia and Jane, and with an understanding of Suzie’s challenges and strengths, she supports the staff to ensure that Suzie has a meaningful and full life.