Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker celebrated the birthday of their 10-year-old daughter Sophie Tei Naaki Lee Kodjoe earlier this week.
For those of you who are unaware, Sophie is battling a condition called spina bifida — a neural birth defect that can cause leg, bladder, and bowel damage.
Nicole opened up about their daughter’s disease last summer, saying:
I think Sophie is so strong, but part of the anxiety was the normal mom worrying about the future. Okay, how is this going to happen? How are we going to get to school? How do we explain to the teachers that we have to show up every 3 hours and interrupt her and get her attention and say ‘Let’s go to the bathroom?’ What about her friends? What about when she starts dating? She can’t do sleepovers. She still sleeps in a diaper. What about the questions?”e.
“Someone said, ‘Answer the question that’s asked.’ Meaning, don’t worry about what’s going to happen when she’s 14. If a 5-year-old classmate comes up to you and says, ‘Mrs. Kodjoe, why are you always here?’ and I say, ‘To help Sophie go to the bathroom.’That’s the answer to the question. And you know what happens? They all go, ‘okay.’ And I don’t have to put any more on it. So that was the beginning of my healing process was each day at a time.”
On Facebook, Boris shared an open letter praising his daughter Sophie for her battle. It reads:
To My Little Heart.
The day I met your mother I knew I was ready to be a man. The day I met you I became one. You’ve shown me what true strength and courage is and you taught me that the love of faith and the faith in love is one and the same.
I’m in awe of your ability to defy the odds and I marvel at the confidence with which you produce miracle after miracle. You smile your way through life and your light touches everyone around you.
I’m proud of you because you are your mother’s daughter, I’m proud of you because you are
Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe.
Happy 10th Birthday my little heart. I love you more than you will ever believe.
A beautiful letter for a beautiful baby girl. Be sure to check out Boris & Nicole this summer in their new talk show on FOX.
[via The YBF]