Gabby Douglas is an amazing gymnast with an amazing story.
When Gabby was young cash was very tight. Her mom quit working to take care of Gabby and her three other siblings, Ariel, Joyell, and John, and her dad had trouble keeping a job. At one point cash was so low Gabby and her family had to rent a van. To make maters worse Gabby was shrinking by the day. But since Gabby's family didn't have enough money to pay for health insurance. Gabby hadn't been to a doctor since she was born! Finally the letter from the hospital Gabby was born at that had the results from Gabby's blood tests. They diagnosed Gabby with a life threatening blood disease called branch chain ketoaciduria. It's a rare blood disease found in infants who can't produce certain types of protein. The condition is also known as the maple syrup urine disease [MSUD].Mostly because it makes baby's urine smell like maple syrup. Since they had no money to pay for a treatment all they could do was hope. Luckily by the time Gabby was six months old the disease had completely gone away.
Shortly after the disease went away her mom and dad got a divorced. When Gabby was in grade school she was teased for every reason, to short, not good at gymnastics, not being smart,etc... Once her couch even said to her face that she needed a nose job! even though her childhood was vary rough thing would finally start to look up.
"What are you doing back here so early?"asked John glancing at the clock.
"I'm quitting," Gabby expland.
"Why quit now?"
"Because I don't want to!"
"Get your stuff Gabby I'm taking you back to the Patrons," Gabby's mom screamed. Chow said that Gabby's afraid of seusus witch Gabby still denies to this day. After Gabby's family left John called
"How is it that other gymnast win all these other competitions and you've got so few notches on your belt."
"How many notches do you have on your belt," I shoot back. He paused
"Well at least I don't mess around in practice. My couch takes me to hell and back each day and I LOVE it remember our family Moto Brie - if you want to be the best you have to take on the best." that was Gabby's turning point..... 195 more days tell the Olympics.