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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sending up prayers for Aidan, you, and the rest of the family. The kids are praying, too! ~Michelle, Rob, Courtney, Ethan, and Rachel Koerner

  2. beth leahy says:

    Monkee cheerleader here raising my hand to be counted. My heart is with you….

  3. Beth says:

    Thinking of you today. Thank you for sharing your story!

  4. Meg Bucaro says:

    Lifting up Aidan and your family in thoughts and prayers today! You are not alone!

  5. Ana says:

    Thinking of you today!

  6. God Bless you all! Sending Love and PRAYERS to heaven above from a Monkee in OHIO! XOxo

  7. MsM says:

    Thinking of Aidan today.

  8. Shivaun says:

    You are beautiful parents

    and beautiful souls.

    Sending you all our encouragement & love,

    Shivaun, Joe & Holly

  9. Jana says:

    Those eyes of Aidan’s are so beautifully BLUE! Thanks for sharing your story, Heather. Sending love and prayers from west Texas.

  10. Leeann says:

    Sending love and hope and healing to Aidan and to his family as well.

  11. Margaret says:

    I know the Lord is with you, and Guiding the surgeon’s hands. Your Angels will guard and keep you…

  12. Lorrian says:

    I’m here because of your post on Momastery, to wish you and your family well today and always. The joy in your picture above is so apparent. Thank you for sharing your story.

    My story? I’m not a mom because I was too afraid I’d repeat mistakes made by my parents. Being an Aunt has taught me that I could have been a Mom and I treasure my time with my nephews.

  13. Rick Allen says:

    Thank you all you amazing people!

    I have just heard from Heather:

    “The doctor just came down and said everything went well. Aidan has a central line, IV, and arterial line. We’re headed up to the ICU to see him. We’re really tired and there won’t be anymore news for tonight as it’s now just time to wait and see.”

    Thank you all for your loving and caring support.

    (Heather’s dad)

  14. Susan Anderson says:

    I just read your blog entry at MOMASTERY. It bought tears to my eyes. Your very human response to your newborn and your ability to keep moving forward is a powerful lesson to all of us. I am praying for your family and Aidan today as he undergoes surgery. Thank you for sharing your messy truth with others who have their own messy truths. Sincerely, Susan Anderson

  15. peregrinak says:

    Thinking of you, Aidan and your family from the other end of the world. Kay (NZ)

  16. Catriona says:

    Praying for a wonderful recovery and great results! Came here from Glennon’s blog, not realizing that your son has seizures too. I’m a part of that (awful) club of Seizure Moms, and, while I wish this stinking club didn’t exist, it is always so comforting to read about others’ journeys. Read through some of your older posts and we have shared a lot of the same medications (I’m guessing from your descriptions of symptoms) and issues. My son is now doing “well” on Felbamate and Depakote (as in, I haven’t seen a seizure since Dec, down from 50+ a day, but of course he is not himself anymore, can’t focus, etc.) but I am so hopeful for the future of CBD. Anyways. I’m sending up prayers for better health for your son and strength for your family. Much love to you, brave warrior mama!

  17. Katrina says:

    Hi there,
    First of all, I’m sending a prayer up for your sweet boy tonight. I hope his surgery was a success. Second, I have to tell you that I have an Aiden, too….but we spell it with an “e” at the end. But it’s still the same name, and I love it. My Aiden is 13 months old. He is our #10 child. Third, I want to share that I, too, am parenting a child with a disability. My child is now an adult with a disability, still living under my care at 21 years of age. She is our second child, our oldest daughter. She was perfectly fine up until the age of 4 when her head was hit in a car accident. She suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and was in a coma for two weeks, then woke up very, very slowly over the course of 6 weeks in the PICU. After 3 months in a rehab hospital, we finally took her home. Those first two years of having her home were very hard on me. Gone was the child that I once knew, that I had grown to love, and in her place was a child who could not talk, could not walk, whose facial expressions and mannerisms had changed so drastically that seeing an older photo of her (pre-accident) was torture for me, because I missed that original child so, so badly. At night, I would sit by her bed and stare into her sleeping face. In her sleep was the ONLY time she looked like her old self. I would sit and stare at her for hours as she slept, praying that she’d wake and be the child that I once had. But that day never came. She had been forever changed, her future altered…by one split second in time. You know, people allow you time to grieve when your child dies, but to grieve a child that is still physically with you? No way. I was told that I was “lucky” she was still with me, that I needed to be “thankful” that she didn’t die…but I didn’t need to hear those things. I knew those things! But the fact that my child didn’t die in the accident didn’t erase the feelings of loss that I had. I was made to feel guilty that I grieved. I was made to feel as if I were ungrateful and wrong. Looking back, her accident was the worst thing that has ever happened to me, and I fought it for a long time. It took time for me to accept that I now had a child with a disability. It took time for me to stop looking back at the child she once was and to instead focus on the child that she is now. It was very hard for me, because I had such guilt about the way I felt. I wish I had the internet back then. I probably could have connected with many other moms going through similar stuff, but this was back in 1997 and I didn’t have a computer back then. But I made it through it and she made improvements as time went on, and life got better for her and for me. It still hurts, though…oh yes it does, when I see her struggling and I think about the girl that she was “supposed” to be, the life that she was “supposed” to have — I know this will always hurt me, and I’ve accepted that. Her brain is hurt and it will always be hurt, and I’ll always carry a sadness about that. The sadness is always there, but people would never know it. It coexists with all the joys and happiness that I have. Funny how that happens.

    Your Aidan has the biggest, most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen! Thank you for sharing your honest feelings. More people need to do this. It makes the rest of us feel … understood.

  18. shine11 says:

    I’ve been holding you all in my thoughts. I’m praying for your sweet little boy. I hope the surgery went well. ((((hugs for you all))))) FYI, I’m a monkey…..

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