14-year-old Callie TrueLove is a girl who was has a heart that is larger than life itself. She was born with the special ability to love so deeply, allowing her to really live up to her last name. Her positive outlook on life has really aided to her perseverance.
At birth, Callie was diagnosed with several health complications that included a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is caused by the absence of half of the 7th chromosome. People who have this condition face a lot of difficulties with their health and development. Doctors told Callie’s parents, Tabitha and Keith TrueLove, that they did not expect Callie to live to see her first birthday.
But as time went on, their baby girl persisted and got stronger each day. Despite all of her difficulties, Callie can’t help but to remain positive.
The road has not been easy, as Callie had to face an open-heart surgery at the age of ten. She still deals with daily seizures, high blood pressure, asthma, and anxiety.
It does not get her down though. With “Doodle”, her lovable therapy dog by her side, this girl continues to live her bold, outgoing, and joyful life.
Callie needs a lot of assistance throughout the day. She needs help doing little things like buttoning up her clothes and eating. But one of the biggest challenges is not helping her get dressed or staying on top of her health, but it’s protecting her kind heart and vulnerable personality. You see, the most common trait that every child with Williams Syndrome share is that they are born with a loving heart and with an extremely friendly personality.
While many of us struggle to immediately see the best, people like Callie do not see anything other than happiness. She does not know a single stranger because, in her life, there is no such thing. She will immediately try to make friends with everyone she comes across and shower them with a ton of compliments.
This frightens her mom because Callie is not able to understand that some people are unkind. She is known for being so friendly and incredibly loving. She has no recollection of the fact that not everyone is as affectionate and caring as she is. People who have Williams syndrome do not understand that bad people exist and do bad things. They cannot tell if someone is angry or upset from having a bad day and they do not read facial expressions at all. So, all Callie knows is how to process happy.
“I think the world would be a better place if we just had a little bit of the love that Callie has”, her mom Tabitha TrueLove told SBSK.
Callie’s mom sometimes fear that Callie can be too trusting of people. But like most parents of children with Williams Syndrome, she is patient with teaching Callie about social safety, all while encouraging how loveable she is.
WATCH: Callie Shares So Much Joy
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