On March 19th of 2017 God blessed us with our biggest blessing yet, Nora Belle Peterson. Nora was born with a disability affecting her entire left arm. After stumping all the doctors who had seen her in North Dakota, we started making trips to Mayo along with Physical Therapy once a week. During these trips we had multiple tests done such as X-Rays, EMG (Testing of the nerves), MRI and lots of team discussions between her doctors. Mayo had never seen a case quite like hers before, but she was finally diagnosed with Arthrogyposis after our most recent trip to Mayo. Arthrogryposis is when you’re either born without or with very little muscle. Nora is lacking muscle in her forearm, shoulder, and has no bicep muscle. Nora also has a very tight tricep muscle, which is also affecting her from being able to bend it. Nora’s next step will be to under-go two surgeries shortly after she turns a year old (possibly three depending on how the first two go). Mayo’s doctors will first be going in and lengthening her tricep muscle so that it can bend passively and then they will go in again and transfer muscle from other parts of her body and place them where she is lacking it. Nora has been such a fighter through this entire journey and hasn’t let it slow her down from crawling or starting to walk. We cannot thank those enough for the love, support, prayers and generous donations that have been made. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers as the surgeries approach.
Zac, Cassidy & Nora Peterson