Special Needs

Raising kids with special needs is hard than I ever imagined it would be. In 2002 and 2015 Chuck and I adopted babies with special needs. Both were drug and alcohol exposed. One would later be diagnosed with autism. In 2010 I gave birth to our youngest child, Apollo, who was born with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital heart defect. Come read my stories and share in our heartbreak and triumph as we raise children with special needs.

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Well, I must say, this procedure was a  breeze compared to what I was expecting. Apollo is always full of surprises when it comes to anything medical. His birth, his heart defect that went undiagnosed for 18 months, his bronchoscopies that led to fever and vomiting, his three weeks of pain after his initial PEG …

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Apollo’s Paintings

Sweet Apollo, painting with watercolors for the first time. In bed this morning, Apollo wedged between us, I said to Chuck, “It’s been six months since Apollo’s heart surgery and four months since his g-tube was placed“. Apollo immediately sat up and said, “No! You not say heart surgery. Heart surgery all done!” It nearly …

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