The Heart of Our Family
Organized by: Sharon Letson
Two years ago I found myself divorced and raising my 4 children while attending school and working full-time. To complicate matters, my children all have special needs. My oldest has Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorder, and a mood disorder. My daughter, at the time, had ADHD, and twin boys both diagnosed with Autism with speech and language delays. When I was working I was unable to take the children to all the therapies and doctor appointments that were needed. That was until I met the man who would become my husband.
We met 2 years ago. He had never been married, had no children, and was only 27 years old. No way this man was going to take care of my family considering all the challenges that came along with us. Boy was I surprised! A year into our relationship we agreed that the best thing for the children was for me to quit work and devote my time to doing what was best for the children.
In the mix of all this we received additional diagnoses for each child including genetic and cardiac problems for one of the twins and severe allergies for my daughter. Again, I was looking for a man in his position to run for the hills but he stood firm. He attended every appointment he could, school meetings, and studied therapy protocols with me. He supported me and my children in a way no one else ever had.
We married on March 29, 2014 and I was happier than I had ever been. He continued working and changed jobs in attempt to provide a more stable life for our family. About 3 weeks ago he passed out while getting ready for work. After he came too he felt fine and went on to work. We thought everything would be fine. Last week he passed out again but this time I took him to the emergency room. We discovered his heart beat was lower than normal. He was released under the care of a cardiologist and placed on medical leave from work. He underwent further testing and wore a heart monitor and event recorder to try and determine what was going on with him.
On Wednesday August 6th he passed out again and required EMS services. Upon arrival we learned his heart had stopped and that caused him to pass out. He was admitted that night to the hospital and preparations began to implant a pacemaker. Yesterday, Friday, he had the surgery and everything went well. Once we were given the care instructions and the pacemaker pamphlets we discovered something disturbing. My husband is a mechanic both by trade and has a degree in auto mechanics. However, with the pacemaker he's unable to perform many vital tasks of his job. In addition, he was a new employee when this happened and this extended absence has cost him his job. Also because he was a new employee, we have no health insurance.
Any donations we receive will primarily be used to meet the needs of our family. I graduate college in December and hope to begin a new career in January that will provide for all our financial needs but we must be given a chance to get there. Furthermore, donations will cover his medical costs as well as costs associated with the treatment, both medical and therapy, for our children.