"The feeding tube does not stop my daughter from doing anything. Her only limitation is swimming in a lake, which her father and I are not fans of anyway. (Her doctor has assured us that lake swimming can easily be mitigated with some plastic wrap around her tummy.) It’s important to know that feeding tubes offer hope. Sure, it’s an alternative way of eating by mouth, but it is one that gives children–and all people–with no other alternative, a way to thrive."