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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful Day 5

Today, I am thankful for the excellent medical care that my daughter receives for her mild disability.  Ever since J's diagnosis at age 6 months, J has seen her share of specialists; neurologist, ENT, opthalmologist, orthopedic surgeon, occupational & physical therapists, speech therapist, orthotist, etc.  Most of J's specialists are at St. Louis Children's Hospital, a top children's hospital.  I feel very fortunate that our insurance coverage has approved nearly all of J's care.
I'm thankful for J's physical therapist who has treated J since she was 9 months old.  Julie was (and still is) a huge support for me when J was still a little baby. Being fairly new to this area at the time and having no family near us, I had no support system to help me through the difficulty that I experienced during J's first year.  I am so thankful that Julie came into our lives during that time and not only did she treat J but she also recognized  how desperate I was as a new mom struggling to come to terms with J's diagnosis.  In addition to dealing with J's diagnosis, J was very colicky and I was experiencing post-partum depression. I remember being resistant to Julie's initial attempts to reach out to me but I am so thankful that she did not give up on me.  And I am so thankful for the bond that we have developed over the past 6 years.
I am thankful that we have the medical coverage that allows us to seek excellent care for both of our children.  And I am even more thankful that with the great care (including Early Intervention services soon after diagnosis) that J has received, her disability is considered to be mild.

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