My name is Sarah Louise Bird. I am a very proud mother to Christopher and Cyrus who has Achondroplasia the most common form of dwarfism. I am also the proud wife of their father Chris Bakosti. He also has Achondroplasia. I knew very little about Dwarfism until I became pregnant with our first son. Once We became pregnant with our 2nd son Cyrus I tried to learn as much as I could. I always say if I would have known then what I know now then maybe I could have helped my son more.
I was not at all prepared for what life had in store for us all together as a family after he was born. During these times I lost myself, I went crazy at times and I found myself and became the person I am now. Cyrus began having seizures when he was 3 months old and it took over a year to diagnose him with a seizure disorder.
Chris and I decided to settle down not very long after we met. We are raising our family in my home town. I come from Little Black River a first nation’s community on the north eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. We met here and fell in love here. This is where we choose to raise our family. As some people would say deep in the bush. And our back yard is literally connected to the bush and not too far away from our beautiful beach.
Living on a first nations community may not always be easy. But this is home to us and I know my community will continue growing. Growing up as a “indian”hasn’t always been easy either. I have left Black River to get my grade 12, to work and just to see what life was like in the city. Always though my path has brought me back home.
In the past few years in my life I have grown and changed as a person. I am very proud of where I am at in my life. All the experiences that I shared with my life partner and our sons. I can’t even imagine a life without them and I don’t think I would be who I am today if it had not been for them.
Most of my story is with my family I have now and Black River has always been a part of me. A very important part of who I am and where I come from.
I decided that now is the time in my life where I want to write. To share my own life experiences as a mother, wife and a human being.