Alyssa was born in Gainesville, FL. She was diagnosed in utero with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, and cleft lip. We were expecting a two week stay in the NICU at Shands, which then turned into a 5 month stay. Alyssa came with a few extra surprises, including a life changing open heart surgery. This surgery was the cherry on top, it truly changed her health and she began to progress amazingly well and we were able to be sent home, and back to Pensacola we went. This blog is about our journey, her courage and strength, and how love has help us overcome the hardest parts.