Kristina Krotzer

Krissy’s Story


“The girl has always had an attitude and so far it has served her well!!!”

Krissy was born March 25, 2000 at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA. She weighed 3lb 10oz. After spending several hours getting to know her family she was taken to the Intermediate Care nursery for monitoring and evaluation. They weren’t really sure what to do because they were expecting her to die and this tiny child was all about life and living! They placed an NG tube to make certain she was getting enough to eat but aside from that and being very tiny she was not really different from any other newborn. They kept her in the nursery for a couple days and then she was moved into the room with Mom. At five days old she went home. There was nothing she needed that we couldn’t do at home and we knew that at home she would be surrounded by the love and energy of people who believed in Krissy and in her possibilities!

The first year was tough as we learned to be parents to our beautiful girl with special needs. At age 3 months Krissy received a trach due to obstructive apnea. A tough decision at the time but as time passed it became no big deal. At age six months we had a g-tube placed. We were tired of looking at the ng tube and realized that feeding support was going to be a long term need.

Once we had a safe airway and Krissy could get the rest she needed as well as adequate nutrition without having to use all her energy to eat, she began to grow and develop. She was tiny for sure but  her growth was steady, just below the typical “growth curve.”

Krissy began school at age 3 and attended the schools in our home neighborhood. She had 4 brothers who loved and adored her. And life with a special needs child became our “new normal.”

What can I say?  The girl has always had an attitude and so far it has served her well!!!

From the beginning Krissy has been the greatest teacher I’ve ever had. This little girl who can not do anything to care for herself is so filled with love that no matter how much she needs, she still gives far more than she takes. She is a beacon of light. She has taught me to believe in possibilities. She has taught me what it truly means to give of yourself. She has taught me that we create the world we live in. We can choose to be happy in spite of unimaginable odds. Life is a gift and no one I know has celebrated that gift as beautifully as Krissy does.

Today that little girl is a young lady. Kristina is 16 years old and a Sophomore in high school. Krissy may not be your typical teen but she continues to teach and lead and share incredible love and happiness. Because of her, we have friends around theworld. She blesses our family in ways we could never have imagined. I know I am a better person because Krissy is in my life.

Krissy is my Hero.