I met Denise via twitter when I went on bedrest with baby girl and was mentally preparing myself for a premie. Denise has a big heart and is a brave and strong women that I look up to and admire. Though we may never meet in real life, I appreciate her blog and sharing her story. Follow her on twitter and read her blog.
Here is her story in her own words:
My name is Denise and I am a mom of 2 beautiful boys. Andre 12 and Johnny 2. Both of my boys are special needs children but Johnny has the most needs and difficulties. They both require my undivided attention.
These last 5 years have been very difficult for me. In 2007 my arm was smashed in a freight elevator at work. I had to have 3 surgeries to repair what could be repaired. By 2008 I was finishing up my extensive therapy.
During those years I had no job. I was becoming more and more in debt month by month. I relied on faith. In 2009 I gave birth to my youngest son Johnny who was born at 30 weeks gestation. He stayed in the NICU for 2.5 months.
I started a blog during our stay in the hospital. I started www.sunshinepod22.blogspot.com I started this blog because I didn’t know how to deal with watching my baby stop breathing and having tubes and An Iv inserted in his foot and hand. Thisis really when I became a part the social networking world. I wrote so much on my blog and talked to a lot of friendly people on Twitter.
Since having Johnny I was able to take the couple of classes I needed to become a Certified Medical Assistant. I can only work part time because of Johnny special needs. Living is very hard with rent, utilities, growing kids and medical things, but I still rely on my faith. Johnny attends OT. pT and SpT.
He has a number of medical issues that include Sensory Processing Disorder, GERD, developmental delays. gross and Fine Motor delays. He is being tested for a lot of symptoms he is having that require him to go to a genetist. Andre has ADHD, Expressive/Written language disorder and anxiety disorder. These disorders require for me to give him a lot of attention for school work and everyday expression.
For both children there are things that require my attention at the same time. I feel like I have to try and be Super Woman, but even she has a weakness. If you’d like to contact me, you can reach me on