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One son living off formula and on a feeding tube and another son with hearing aids - this could’ve been me.  But it’s not.  Instead, I have a son who’s healthy and thriving and another who hears fine.  Where we lucky?  Did God simply smile done at us?  Yes.  But I also know that my children are lucky to have a mom.

 

Let me share with you what I heard when I walked into a doctor’s office.

 

“But Doctor, isn’t there anything I can do to help Ethan overcome his allergies?” I ask in earnest. 

“The most you can do is to just stay away from these foods- the less exposure the better.  You never know what happens when he is exposed to an allergen.  He could die.” - my doctor states with authority.

 

  .  .  .

 

“But Doctor, I’m telling you, I know Alex can hear.” I emphasize repeatedly and in earnest.

“In time you’ll come to accept this diagnosis.  This test is not wrong.  Think how lucky he is to be able to catch this severe hearing loss so early.” My Doctor tries to explain patiently, yet again.

 

Are you kidding me?  Ethan could die? Alex has a severe hearing issue?  This was a reality that was unacceptable and did not ring true to me.  In my gut I knew there had to be another way around Ethan’s allergies and I knew that Alex could hear.  This was a vision I held onto.

 

That’s what we do as moms.  We want the best for our children so we don’t sit still until we find that for them.  We truly have a mother’s instinct and we know our children the best.

 

I wrote Little Patient Big Doctor: One Mother’s Journey and I speak to groups because I know that my experience rings true and can make a real impact in the lives of those who hear it. So in short- Ethan and Alex are both thriving.  This mother’s day- trust yourself and value what you bring into your child’s life.

 

 

Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick is a Speaker, Attorney, Teacher and Author of Little Patient Big Doctor: One Mother’s Journey

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