Chapter Six A Special Child

In Laura’s first year, it became obvious that there were serious medical problems. She had a significant brain malformation that was similar to Dandy-Walker syndrome. Possible hydrocephalus required a shunt tube to be placed to drain the fluid from the center of her...

Chapter Seven A Few Good Years

Finally after some six and a half years of very long days and nights taking care of premies, Stacy and I moved to Decatur, Texas. We wanted a slower lifestyle for our family even if it meant significantly less income. Andrea had not long been in first grade. She was...

Chapter Eight The Long Road

After five years in Texas, my medical practice brought me to Fayetteville, Georgia. Laura was always a tiny little thing, still not even twenty pounds by now, and her growth rate was so slow. I think it was probably one of the effects of the drug exposure, but there...

Chapter Nine Steeper Still

Shunts are often revised even as often as one or more times a year. When Dr. Reisner had to relocate the drainage end of her ventricular shunt due to the infection in her abdomen, he asked us how many shunt revisions Laura had had. He was amazed, if not shocked, when...

Chapter Ten The Promise Kept

For twenty-four years we had walked with Laura through this life. Now we had walked her to the very doorway connecting this world to the next. On our journey we had loved her and cared for her. As parents we had cared for her like no one else could. The physician in...

Forever And A Day For Laura Michelle Her Poem

This poem, all by itself, told Laura’s life story with us. It was the story of our heartache. It was the story of how we overcame our circumstances. It is the story that tells us where we are today. The last line rings encouragement out loud in our hearts to trust and...
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