Over the past couple of weeks, in order to prepare for the upcoming meetings / appointments that I mentioned in my last post, I had to give myself the specific task of organizing Claire’s medical files. I’ve been putting this effort off for a little over a year now, but I knew the time had come to get myself back on track and organized so I could easily find whatever documents I may have needed to reference with these appointments. It took me a few days to go through everything. But in the process of doing so, I came across old notes from 2011 specifically, that helped me remember where we were when we first started out on this journey.
My very first notes on Rett were taken the next morning after having had received the news of Claire’s confirmed diagnosis. My sister graciously took all three kids for a few hours, so Sean and I could go to the library to talk in a quiet study room and research. What is Rett? What in the world do we do now? One question most definitely led into the next. After talking for a while together and looking things up online, Sean stayed in the room to gather his own thoughts, and I started wandering around the library, looking for books to reference on Rett. As silly as it sounds, I remember feeling totally lost as I scanned the library, looking for a book on Rett. I found nothing. However, what happened next really summarizes the type of journey we’ve been on so far with Rett. There’s that old saying “the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.” Well, it’s true. How funny it was, that as I was searching the library looking for a book on Rett, at that very time, there was another woman who was also doing the very exact thing, at this exact location, at the same time. Who? My mom. 🙂
It was day one, technically “living with Rett” and it was apparent we weren’t alone, trying to research this new topic. How ironic was it that I found my mom at the library doing the very same thing as me.
As I organized Claire’s medical files, I also re-read a few binders that I’ve gathered through the years… these are labeled “support.” These binders contain hand written letters, printed out emails, prayer cards, and other forms of support that we’ve received so graciously from others since Claire was diagnosed. I am not kidding you when I tell you I’ve saved everything. Why? Because when I feel Rett is taking over in general, and bringing me down, I pull these binders out, look through them, and smile. Claire has given us (all) an opportunity to see how GOOD people are. How GOOD people come together during specific times. How amazing a little girl like her can help teach all of us different things, in different ways. I’m saying this as not only her mother, but from someone who is the recipient of emails or letters, or Facebook messages, etc… as a person who (thanks to you) is reminded of this often.
Going through the exercise of organizing Claire’s medical binders and paperwork in general was a task I most definitely ended up enjoying. As I reflected back on the moment I had with my mom in the library, to going through the support binders, to reviewing her medical records in general, I realized how far we’d come from June 2011 to now. Both on a personal level but also in general with understanding the world of special needs and Rett specifically. As I reread the letters, emails, and other items in our support binder, I was reminded again HOW we were able to come so far over the almost three year time span. The answer? The amount of prayers, love, support, encouragement, and advice/ help that we’ve received over the almost three years of this journey, from our friends, families, acquaintances, and strangers, has been overwhelmingly present. And because of this… because of YOU… we are able to keep hoping, keep fighting, keep learning, keep growing… and keep going.
Your prayers are working. Please see for yourself… These two videos were taken the other day. 🙂 Claire received her 2nd round of botox about a month ago, and that has really helped loosen up her leg muscles. But to see her move around like this, to see her be able to better coordinate her overall movements with such intent… WOW.
In closing, thank you, thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU! 🙂 🙂
… and, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, from this family to yours!
You and you family continue to inspire me! Claire is one special person!