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Advice and guidance from medical professionals and internet searches can only go so far, and the information and images are often scary. The best source of information, to know what it’s really like to have a child with a disability or life-long condition, is from another parent who has a similar child. We are honored and inspired by the parents who have shared their story with us. They inform and encourage others, in similar circumstances, just starting their journey.

We are actively collecting and updating new stories.

We welcome you to check back often, and to share your story. If you or someone you know has a story to share, please contact us to add your story.

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Kelly and Zac: Dwarfism- Achondroplasia

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Kelly and Zac were blindsided when tests showed that their newborn son, Everett, had Achondroplasia– a form of Dwarfism. They grieved for the life they thought they were going to have; and were fearful for a life they knew nothing about. They found peace and hope through God, and learned not to be fearful for the future. They intensely love their son, and have built a community of support for their family. They consider themselves blessed to be Everett’s parents.

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Kim: CHARGE syndrome

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When Kim went in for a prenatal ultrasound, doctors found her baby had a cleft lip and a heart defect. After her daughter Jackie was born, it was discovered that Jackie had CHARGE syndrome. In the begining Kim struggled with how to cope with Jackie’s diagnosis. Jackie has changed Kim and her family’s world for the better. She has shown them what really matters in life, and that it is precious.

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Kierra: 22q11 Deletion syndrome, Tracheomalacia, Pulmonary Atresia

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While pregnant, Kierra went in for a routine ultrasound and was told her daughter, Evanna had a major heart defect. Doctors found several other indicators that pointed to Evanna having 22q11  Deletion- also known as DiGeorge syndrome.

After Evanna was born, Kierra and her husband received an official diagnosis of 22q11 Deletion syndrome.

When Evanna was 5 months old she had her first open heart surgery; and subsequently spent 400 days in the hospital due to complications.

Evanna has a major heart condition know as Pulmonary Atresia– MAPCA’s (Major aortopulmonary collateral arteries) which is often a complication found with 22q11 Deletion syndrome. She also has a critical airway, known condition known as Tracheomalacia.

Visit Kierra’s blog at theirvinefamilyblog.com

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Katherine and Jeff: Ellis-van Creveld syndrome

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While pregnant, Katherine’s baby Arabella was diagnosed, and then re-diagnosed with several conditions that were all fatal forms of Dwarfism, including Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Short Rib Polydactyly syndrome,  and a major heart defect.

She and her husband Jeff were told to either terminate the pregnancy, or plan a funeral. They chose to continue the pregnancy. Arabella is now a beautiful 2 year old. She was officially diagnosed with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, a sub-type of Short Rib Polydactyly syndrome. This syndrome has a 30-50 percent survival rate.

Katherine is now expecting her third child, Shiloh. Shiloh has also been diagnosed EVC, as well as a major heart defect. They do not know if Shiloh  will live, but are grateful for everyday they have with her.

 

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Deborah and Kent: Traumatic Brain Injury

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Deborah and Kent’s two year old daughter drowned, and was miraculously brought back to life; As a result, Heather lived the rest of her life with a traumatic brain injury.

Deborah and Kent open up about the day she drowned, and the difficult journey they faced accepting their new life; and how they learned to let go of the daughter they once had.

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Rebekah and Chris: Dwarfism-Achondroplasia

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Rebekah and Chris have Achondroplasia, a form of Dwarfism.

They have 2 children, one that has Dwarfism, and one that does not.

Rebekah and Chris open up about what it’s like living as a little person, and how they feel now that they have a daughter with the same condition.

Rebekah is a great resource to parents who receive a Dwarfism diagnosis for their child. You can read a letter she has written to these parents here.

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