When we were told that Noah has a pervasive developmental disorder our dreams for him shifted.
When we were told that he has a mood disorder our hopes for his future shifted again.
When we were told he has a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder our dreams for his future plummeted.
When you see your child struggle in every part of his life - socially, educationally, behaviorally, you fear for his future.
When you hear a doctor say your child has so many problems that she and her colleagues refer to it as multi-system brain dysfunction it is difficult to see a future.
Sometimes you stop seeing him as just a child. You forget that despite the diagnoses nothing is written in stone.
And then you receive a reminder. A reminder that yes, he may always struggle in some ways, but that doesn't mean he can't be a part of something "normal."
|U-10 boys soccer championship trophy|
He wasn't their star player, and it is only a local league, but he played with heart and he played as a team. And he really is pretty damn good!
But most importantly, he's having fun!