Jenna and Mary Margaret's Special Needs.
At three years old Jenna was diagnosed with a tumor in her left eye. The medical name for it is a Hamartoma. It's a benign tumor. The doctors told us that she would have very little sight in her left eye because the tumor had caused too much damage to her retina and optic nerve. They said it would be too risky to remove it but that it shouldn't get any bigger or cause her any future problems other than her not being able to see well from the eye. Well, it did cause future problems. We noticed that her left eye, which was blue, was turning green and that her pupil was extremely dilated and not centered. We took her to the eye doctor and discovered that blood vessels growing off of the tumor had done more major damage to her eye. Her retina was totally detached and her eye was under extreme pressure. They stuck two needles in her eye that day, one to relieve the pressure and the other to administer medicine. She was so brave! A week later she had vitrectomy surgery to try to save the eye. It's been several months and thousands of eye drops later and her eye still looks rough. It has a large cataract growing in it. Jenna is now totally blind in her left eye. The doctors have prepared us for the possibility that she may lose her eye completely and have to get a prosthetic one. They have told us that it is more than likely she will need more surgeries in the future.
A short time after first learning about the tumor in Jenna's eye, we learned through a neonatal specialist that our unborn daughter, Mary Margaret, would be born with some serious medical complications. While still in the womb, the doctor diagnosed her with a congenital anomaly called a Dandy Walker Malformation on her brain. He also said that she had Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (the absence of the center part of her brain that connects the left and right hemispheres). We were devastated. We prayed to God, and put all of our faith and trust in Him to bring the good that only He can out of our situation. And, He did just that!!! On June 9th, 2006, after 30 hours of labor, Mary Margaret Sullivan was born. She came into this world fighting for her life and has not stopped since. She has almost died six times in her short life. She has ridden in two Life Flight helicopters and six ambulances. Mary Margaret has spent a tremendous amount of time in hospitals in three different states and in many, many doctor's offices. In addition to her other conditions, she also has been diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia (deMorsier's Syndrome); she is blind and has paralysis of the vocal cord. Her other health impairments include: Diabetes Insipidus, Pituitary Insufficiency, Hypothyroidism, Low Cortisol, Asthma, and Seizures. She is in a wheelchair and has limited strength as well as physical movement. She is totally unable to do anything for herself. Her health is very delicate. Mary Margaret's presence is such a blessing and it's only by the grace of God that she is still with us today.
We've heard it said, "God gives special needs children to special parents." When we tell others about our daughters' medical issues, most of the time the response we get from people is, "I had no idea your family had these problems," or "I'm so sorry to hear that." Our response has always been that it's not a problem because God has always been in control. We tell folks, "Don't feel sorry for us. God has blessed us with circumstances in our lives that draw us closer to Him." Our children are such a blessing! God has taught us through their health, as well as through their illnesses and conditions, so much about HIS GREAT LOVE. God doesn't make mistakes!
Jenna and Mary Margaret share a very small bedroom. There is medical equipment in every room of our house. Our dream is to build Mary Margaret her very own special needs room with the door openings, the bath tub, the countertops, the windows and everything else in it designed just for her. This would also allow sweet Jenna to have her own princess room! At this time, with all of our medical bills and medical needs our dream seems so far off. Sometimes it seems impossible, But, WE BELIEVE WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support, and thank you for reading our story.
May the Good Lord bless all!
WE ARE VERY BLESSED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR FUNDRAISER IS A 100% SUCCESS! WE ARE FULLY FUNDED! PRAISE OUR LORD JESUS, HE IS SO GOOD!!!
WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE FOR ALL OF THE LOVE AND KINDNESS Y'ALL HAVE SHOWN OUR FAMILY. WE HAVE REALLY BEEN BLESSED BY YOUR BEAUTIFUL HEARTS.
WE ARE ABOUT 90% DONE WITH THE CONSTRUCTION ON THE ADDITION. WE HOPE TO FINISH "THE PRINCESS ROOMS SUITES" BY THE END OF THE YEAR.
WE LOVE ALL Y'ALL!!!
MIKE, KELLY, JENNA, MARY MARGARET AND MICHAEL.
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