My Special Needs Mom Worries Never End
Of course not, you may have thought to yourself after reading the title of this post. My special needs mom worries never end either.
But there’s a difference between your special needs mom worries and mine. You are most likely either raising a child with special needs under the age of 18 or caring for an adult child with special needs. In either case, you deal with a host of legitimate concerns every day.
I, on the other hand, do not. My son was born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). I had plenty to worry about during his first 4 years until a series of surgeries and procedures fixed what ailed him. Many children born with EA/TEF have other physical disabilities or developmental delays. Our son does not. He’s a college graduate with a job, wife, a family, and a farm. Did I mention he was born in 1982, which makes him 36 at the time this post was written? Even so, my special needs mom worries never end. Here’s a frank look at what I worry about.
- Esophageal cancer. People with EA/TEF often have recurring issues with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that can lead to esophageal cancer. I combat this reality by thanking God for the years our son has lived, when in another day and age he would have died at birth.
Do you like what you see at DifferentDream.com? You can receive more great content by subscribing to the quarterly Different Dream newsletter and signing up for the daily RSS feed delivered to your email inbox. You can sign up for the first in the pop up box and the second at the bottom of this page.
Subscribe for Updates from Jolene
Guest blogger Kelly Simpson turns to God for answers when her heart asks, “Why did this happen to my child?”
Guest blogger Lisa Pelissier, fighting weariness at the start of the school year, explains her plan to keep going in the midst of hard times.
Mark Arnold tells how his experiences at church have shown him that Hello means the world to those with disabilities and special needs.