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    Posted June 17, 2014 by
    Brockton, Massachusetts
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    Raising a special needs child

    Dear Brandon


    Dear Brandon, my sweet son, you have been through a lot during the past seven years. You were born at 31 weeks, 2 months too soon with esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula. We also learned you had numerous other defects such as severe trachamalcia, heart defect, kidney reflux. You also had a muscle missing from your left cheek which caused your most beautiful difference of all, an eye that is half blue and half brown. It was not easy for you or for us to live in the hospital for the first two years of your life. To fight doctors and nurses day after day. To not know if you would live or die. To not know if you would ever eat by mouth. Some doctors were heartless and told us we would be lucky if you lived passed the age of 1. You defied the odds, my love, here we are 7 years later and you would never know how many surgeries and the past medical history you endured during the first few years of your life. You, in all your great strength and beauty, taught your father and I to fight, to hold tight to hope and faith; but, most importantly the ever precious gift of love and of life. We had hoped and we had prayed that once past the medical obstacles we would be on a quieter road, but I knew in my heart there would be more to come. I watched you grow and relished in what they said would never be, but my heart saw more that was to be. My son, you are unique, smart, beautiful and recently gifted with high functioning autism. Something in my heart I knew was always there, but has taken time for the professionals to decipher due to your medical history. It is with this that we have been fighting with the school for the past 4 yrs to ensure you receive the services you need to continue to thrive, to learn. All in All, it is just a label and nothing more, a label that will, in hope help get the services needed to help you continue to grow. You, at the end of the day, are our son, our light, our love and our legacy for the future. You see the world with eyes and thoughts different then ours but yet you open our eyes to the beauty, thought and prospect of things we may never have thought of before. You are a fighter and your strength never ceases to amaze both your dad and I in every way. Dear Brandon, we loved you the moment we saw you and that was all that ever mattered.     http://bridgeofhopeea.wordpress.com/about/

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