Do any young moms have kids with special needs or disabilities or anything?

Desiree - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Its hard to be a young mom but even harder when your baby has special needs. My daughter is one now & has Cystic Fibrosis. She was diagnosed at a month old. She has all sorts of medications to take everyday & physical therapy. It affects her breathing & digestive system & other than being a little bit small for her age she looks like a perfectly healthy toddler.

I was wondering if any other young moms have similar difficulties?

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Ashley - posted on 06/02/2010

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Wow I am so sorry to hear about your son Laura...Also my daughter has autism she is 2 1/2 years old now.I had her when I was 17. and was diagnosed when she was 2..I take her to speech therapy once a week and occupational therapy twice a week..Also she has severe sleep apnea and has had to have surgury for it..And she can't hear to well so she has to get tubes in...She also has to go to physical therapy and I know this is just the beginning for her..Everyone has different struggles and like laura said you have to have a support system..I dont know what i would do with out my sister in my life to lean on..I would go crazy! Just keep your head up and be the best mommy that you can because just watching them grow up is the best gift anyone could ask for.

Desiree - posted on 05/27/2010

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I am very sorry for the loss of your little boy. I dont know what I'd do if I lost my daughter. I know a little about cleft lip & palate b/c my mom had cleft palate, along with many other birth defects so they were never able to completely fix it. I'm glad you have a wonderful support system you have been through a lot at a young age. I'm 20 now & I dont think I could have handled all that personally. I wish you & your family the best. Thanks for sharing your story with me =]

Laura - posted on 05/26/2010

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My 9 year old ginnie was born with cleft lip and palate, club feet, and crossed eyeys. She has Just finnished the last surgery on her mouth. the first surgery was at 4 months, the second at 18 months and the last in Jan. right before she turned nine. Her feet were casted off and on till they did surgey at 3 to fix them.She currently has braces, a hearing problem in her left ear due to cronic ear infactions that is suppose to be fixed some time this year. i was 15 when I had her She still gets some help in school, but has a pretty average daily life. I had my son Paul at 18. when I was 19 and he was 6 months old he was diagnosed with Retinoblastome(eye cancer) He went throught chemo till he was one. on june 4th 2008 he had what looked to be a siezure I took him imediatly to the hospital where they put him on a ventlator after he had cardiac and respitory aressted 7 times. they found a non hodkins lymphoma tumor in his chest on the 13th they told me he was brain dead I chose to let him go and he passed on 6-15-2008 fathers day. My other two children jimmy 3yrs and lilly 16months are both healthy.I know what a hrad road u are on right now but trust that everything happens for a reason and we are moms to these special little ones because we can do it and do it with lots of love. i hope u have a very good support sytem cause my family has always been ther for me and had they not I would hate to think where I would be today.Remeber to lean on someone else for support is not a bad thing it is u taking care of u so u can take care of your daughter. You have to stay healthy in mind and body if ur going to help her deal what will come to be. i hope you and your daughter all the best and know ur never alone.

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