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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.

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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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Brittany and Tyler: Hydrocephalus, Encephalocele, and other complications.

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Brittany and her husband Tyler struggled for years to get pregnant. When she got pregnant with their son Max, they were ecstatic. During a prenatal ultrasound, doctors found a multitude of abnormalities, including a club foot, heart abnormalities, missing brain matter, and Hydrocephalus. Doctors also found that Brittany had Amniotic Band syndrome.

Max lived an amazing 5 weeks before he passed away. He constantly amazed medical professionals and his family with his abilities despite having almost no brain. He has forever changed his parents live’s, and has made a big impact on people all over the world.

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Caitlin and Dallin: Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, Type 1

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Caitlin and Dallin’s daughter, Auni, was 4 months old when they realized she wasn’t developing typically. When Auni was 7 months old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, which is a terminal diagnosis. Auni lived 22 months before she passed away. Caitlin and Dallin open up about the emotional journey they have been on, and the gift Auni was to them, and the joy she brought to their lives.

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Maria and Brandon: Chromosomal Deletion 9Q

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While Maria was pregnant with her son Chase, a prenatal ultrasound revealed a cleft lip and some umbilical cord abnormalities.

After Chase was born, testing revealed he was missing part of a 9th chromosome on the Q branch, known as Chromosomal Deletion 9Q. Chase is the only known person with this condition, in it’s severity, in the whole world.

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Lacey: Tessier Cleft lip and palate and Micropthalmia

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Doctors told Lacey throughout her pregnancy, that her unborn son Christian had many complications. Once Christian was born, doctors diagnosed him with Tessier Cleft lip and palate with Micropthalmia.

Lacey says although it can be difficult when people stare, or give them looks filled with pity, Christian has has brought them an incredible amount of love and joy.

Lacey has written a book about her experience as a parent of a child with special needs, you can find it here.

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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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