I have a dream...

April 30, 2009

After the difficult 20 year journey with my severely disabled and terminally ill son, Joshua; I have been inspired to create anything I can to make others lives easier. Joshua had full Trisomy 18 and was the oldest boy who ever lived with this genetic condition; he died in Sept. of 07’. 98% of children with Trisomy 18 die by age 2; as you can see he beat the odds and then some. Oprah had a video on last year called ’Eliot’s 99 days of life’; he also had Trisomy 18, and his video was so inspiring Oprah couldn’t even speak through her tears. Joshua taught me about life and love in a way that so many people will never know. Yes, it was pain I cannot describe in words, part of me grieving through his entire life; yet, I know that I’ve also experienced the highest of highs anyone can know as well. He never spoke a word; yet, he filled me with a passion to know that everyone and everything has a purpose, and that nothing is impossible. I will keep going just like Joshua did; even if I create something small, you never know how something seemingly so small can be of great help to someone. Joshua inpired my husband, Ty, to help disabled individuals get the right mobility feature and vehicles that set them free; he’s even had the honor of helping many severely wounded veterans. My daughters have been inspired to become a special education teacher and a doctor; life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get :)