Our beautiful son Owen was born on August 26, 2011. He shares his birthday with his dad and his heart of both of us.

Unfortunately, on November 13th 2011 he suffered from a pediatric stroke that caused brain damage to his right
frontal lobe. After the stroke we were told that Owen may not be able to walk and would likely lose the majority of movement in his left arm and hand. Owen was working hard to prove them wrong. Attending physical and occupational therapy, Owen began using his hand to show the doctors that he is too stubborn to listen to them.

On January 27th, 2011… Owen went in for a EEG to see how he was progressing since being taken off one of the many dications he is on. During that time we found that Owen was having infantile spasms. Infantile spasms are an extremely dangerous kind of epilepsy that is often linked with developmental issues. Owen now has the tough job of going through a diet and steroid regiment in addition to all of the other work he was already doing. We are confident that Owen will once again beat the odds and show us how tough he his!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hello everyone-

Well, if you are getting this and wondering how we are doing, we are actually doing quiet well. Owen has started saying a ton of words and preschool has been a Great thing for him.  We couldn't be prouder of him.  Its so fun to have a conversation with him!! Which is great news.  Walking has been a challenge for him which we are hoping will change with upcoming events.  Which brings me to the next thing. Owen will be going through another surgery on Wednesday.  Not something that we want or wish to do of course, but neurosurgery believes that putting in a shunt to relieve the pressure build up will be good for him.  :( Yes, it's a bummer but it's a pretty easy.  We all should be back home on Thursday after one day in there hospital.  Which is a good thing.  

So information about what we are doing, we are placing a shunt in Owens brain to relieve pressure, so basically it's a drain that will run from Owen's brain down into his tummy. or as i like to call it a Brain drain.  
You might be asking how mike and I are holding up. You know, pretty well, we have actually known for a while just didn't want to admit that we needed to do something about it, But we really believe that it's going to be the best for Owen.

Other than that Owen is doing well, has a love hate relationship with his little brother, who is starting to walk. Owen pulls him down a lot!! But we do catch them playing together has to be the coolest things we have seen. Owen is not only going to preschool, which he loves, he is speech, PT, OT, Music, and swimming therapy.  I think he loves swimming and music the best.  It has been a journey for him but he has so much determination! it's great to see as his mom.

Please keep Owen in your thoughts and prayers this week for a quick recovery.  

The last thing that I really wanted to bring up is the 4th annual purple de mayo. Yes we are doing it again.  I am a super busy mom, so I am not asking for much, just that you  wear purple to show your support.  If you would like to share pictures I would love to see them, as I think Owen would get a kick out of it too.  Remember Purple de mayo is on the 5th of May. I hope that you all will make part. 
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for all the love and support!!

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