4 years ago today, we were summoned by an out of the blue phone call from the doctor asking us to come into see her. Of course we knew that wasn't good news considering we had been waiting over 10 weeks for either a “yea” or “ney” for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.
Watching the Olympics is interesting because at that time 4 years ago, the Beijing Summer Olympics were having their opening ceremonies while we received the news. That day was really like watching a movie. It was very surreal like and any parent with children of a rare disease potentially would describe that day they learned of the diagnosis of being of similar feeling.
Isn't life funny how we have a black and white definition most of the time but we complicate it to add different shades of grey? It is easy to say that we will take the higher road and be nothing but positive and encouraging. All though this is very inspirational and true, you and I are still human. We have feelings… we have emotions. When you start to get close to others in your disease community and the disease claims their life, you seem to be hit with bit more of a reality that your future will look the same. Others may not view it in this manner and everyone is going to deal with it differently. We as parents can offer advice until the cows come home but sometimes that isn't the answer. For us, we fail every day to make sure the Lord is in control and seek his guidance first.
Thank you to each and every one of you that has stood by our side, shown support, and lifted us up in prayers. It is because of you that we get through each and every day with the help of others.