Boogie, was and is the entire reason for my blog. I oringinally started a blog Boogie's Place in 2003 to tell Dillion's story and allow others to keep up with his health journey. When Boogie passed away in August 2011 I started my own blog, as a way to try and cope. I am now learning to live life as Boogie would have wanted and see all the humor and happiness life has to offer (just as he did)
Please feel free to visit Dillion's website (Boogie's Place ) and learn more about my sweet little miracle. Or please stop by and visit the Hydranencephaly Web site to learn more about Hydranencephaly and read the stories of the other sweet Hydran Angels who are touching lives daily!
Help Spread Hydranencephaly awareness!!
(written June 2013)
I of course refused and told doctors over and over that I owed my son every possible chance at life. I planned to give him the longest happiest life I possibly could. Of course life with a terminally/chronically ill child was not always easy, and there were times when the hospital became our home. Dillion took many medications, underwent numerous tests, had 9 surgeries, wore a back brace, was totally dependent, G, tube fed, had a shunt (to treat Hydrocephalus), was wheel chair bound... BUT he was far from blind, deaf, and unaware of his surroundings. He was the most AMAZING child! He could roll, speak several words, was ALWAYS happy, had a smile that warmed the coldest hearts, amazed all of his doctors and therapist, was strong willed, spoiled, and the BEST snuggle buddy ever!!!
Dillion lived 9 years, 5 months, and 5 days. That is 9 years, 5 months, and 4 days longer than any doctor every predicted. During those nine years Dillion was a fighter, an inspiration, and MY HERO!!! I am often asked if I would do it all again, (knowing what I know now) and without any hesitation I always answer IN A HEARTBEAT!!! The nine years I had this awesome little boy in my life taught me more about myself, about love, and about life then anything else every could... He was, and always will be my miracle, my heart, my life, and my angel.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that Hyrdranencephaly is so rare (1 in every 300,000 live births) there is very little known about this condition even by doctors, nurses, and those who are "there to help" sadly over 11 years later doctors are still telling parents that there child's condition is incompatible with life, and doctors all over the world are giving up on these children. It is a sad fact that in this day in age these children are unable to get medical care they need and deserve because doctors and insurance companies are convinced these children could not possibly have any quality of life..
There are 100's of children just like Dillion who are full of life, love, and laughter. Enjoying every day they are here, and their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and families are enjoying life with them cherishing every second they have with their amazing miracles and never taking a single thing for granted...
However we desperately need to spread awareness of this condition... We need to let the world know that these children are amazing and wonderful, and DO have a wonderful quality of life... They ARE worth it, and they deserve to live life to the fullest getting every medical treatment, piece of equipment, test, etc. that they need
June is Hydranencephaly awareness month and I ask you to please visit the Hydranencephaly website or the Global Hydranencephaly Foundation and share this information. Please help me to get the word out. Please help make every month Hydranencepahly awareness month!
I LOVE SOMEONE WITH HYDRANENCEPHALY!!!
June is national Hydranencephaly awareness month. Please help spread awareness. Help us make every month Hydranencephaly awareness month!