To Every Parent Who Has Received a Devastating Diagnosis
I've been there. Have you? That Motherly instinct kicks in and you just know. Something. Is. Wrong. Here's my diagnosis story.
When you find out you are expecting a child you always worry about them being born healthy and strong, ten fingers, ten toes, and when that happens you always breathe that sigh of relief.
As a first time Mom, I was blissfully naive. After my first child, Boston was born I anticipated the terrible two's, the teenage angst someday, but I never anticipated that something would ever be "wrong."
When Boston was about 18 months he started losing his speech and responding to his surroundings as he should. It was gradual at first. I couldn't get him to say certain words or point to his belly button and he had done a few short months before.
People told me he was just being stubborn. People told me I was being a stubborn first-time mom. I knew in my gut they were wrong.
Every time I googled his symptoms, one word came up. Autism. I kept googling hoping that I'd get a different result. I didn't.
Long story short, I enrolled my son in an early intervention program, who referred me to a psychologist.
As I sat in the doctor's office and he performed tests on my son I was completely unprepared for what was about to come out of his mouth.
He looked me in the eyes and said. "Your son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder." With that sentence my whole world change. He talked about special classrooms, social struggles, I felt like I was caught up in a tornado. How could something be "wrong" with my beautiful, perfect, little boy?
That was tough. It's continued to be tough for the past 10 years, but I can't even imagine how tough it would be to hear the diagnosis of CANCER.
What goes through your brain when a doctor tells you your beautiful, perfect, child has CANCER?
Your world stops.
All of a sudden you feel alone. Different than your neighbors. The world keeps going on and you have a child with CANCER.
What do you do? How do you breathe? This is where St. Jude steps in. St. Jude gives HOPE after the diagnosis. Hope to these families who are shocked, desperate for help, and they don't have to pay a dime. They don't have to pay a dime because of you.
There are a lot of different struggles in this world. Cancer is one of the worst. If you've ever been that parent in that room who has received a diagnosis of any kind, diabetes, allergies, Autism, the list goes on and on and on. If you can relate to this, become a Partner in Hope right now at 1-800-363-5334.