As a baby, Eden Grace Nagle was diagnosed with a chromosomal deletion that meant she would probably never crawl, or walk. Her doctors, wanting to prepare the new parents for what Eden's life would be like, told Michelle Nagle and her husband that it was unknown whether or not their baby girl would ever be strong enough to crawl or walk on her own. Or so they thought...
Two years ago, Michelle Nagle, a photographer, posted a photo of four-year-old Eden taking her first steps. They were wobbly and she was a little unsure of herself, but they were, regardless, first steps. A feat something not even her doctors believed she'd do.
Two years later, Michelle and Eden — who'll start kindergarten in the fall — have yet another surprise in store for doctors, medical professionals and for anyone who needs reassurance that their "can'ts" can be turned into "cans."
In a short video detailing Eden's journey to date, Michelle captured what the day-to-day is like for the family, and how amazing Eden's progress is. She told The Huffington Post, "She has been so determined and inspires practically everyone she meets. We thought, 'Why not share her story with others in the hopes that they would be inspired and encouraged, too?' She is still very much determined, joyful, tenacious, strong-willed, eager, and enthusiastic. [She] wants to be an astronaut when she grows up."
Under the video, Michelle and her husband left a special message for their determined daughters, fans and well-wishers:
"She is our hero and our inspiration and we hope she can be yours too. Thank you, from the deepest depths of our hearts to Eden's amazing team of therapists and teachers. You know who you are and you know how much you mean to us. To our families - thank you for always being encouraging and for loving Eden as much as we do."
See for yourself (and grab the tissues, you'll need 'em):
Do you remember your baby's first steps?