“I’m one of those people that thrive off people telling me I can’t do things. It’s made me work… harder.”
Abby Bishop was a young basketballer staring her dreams in the face when she took her niece home from the hospital two days after her birth and took on the role of the baby’s mother.
It’s a decision many of us say we’d make in a heartbeat – it’s like saying ‘I’d take a bullet for you’ to your close family and friends – but none of us know how we’ll really react in those situations.
Abby made the tough, courageous decision to put her niece, Zala, first because Zala’s mother “wasn’t very well.”
That was two years ago. Abby was just 24 at the time and about to embark on international success.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Abby said it was clear her sister was unable to look after the baby and Abby feared Zala was going to go into foster care unless she stepped in.
“It was tough with no sleep and adjusting to having another little human with me 24/7, but I have amazing friends who help me and my mum helped me when she could,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
“I’m not going to lie and say it was easy but I just got through it.”
Zala is now 20 months old, living in the US city of Seattle with Abby as Abby plays for the city’s women’s National Basketball Association team. It’s a huge career move for Abby, and one that doesn’t seem like it was an easy decision.
Abby appeared on Good Morning America to discuss being a mum to Zala. You can watch the interview below. Post continues after video.