Blanche is a woman in her mid-70’s whose husband had passed in recent years. Blanche has a grandchild named Bobby who came to live with her when he was six years old. Blanche noticed Bobby’s problems, but did not realize the extent of them until he started living with her. A definitive diagnosis of being on the Autism spectrum was not made until Bobby was in his 20’s. Raising her grandchild has proven to be difficult, however, Blanche has found joys in the changes of her life.
Janeen is the grandmother of Hunter, who was diagnosed with Lissencephaly at four months old. The day Hunter was diagnosed, he had a seizure and was taken to the hospital where he spent several hours having tests done before a diagnosis was confirmed. Janeen describes the most difficult aspect of Hunter’s journey as having to watch the seizures, knowing she cannot do anything to help him. Hunter was only given an estimated five years to live, but is now 10 years old and has changed his family’s lives in ways they did not expect.