I’m a proud mom to four daughters, a son now in heaven, and a grandson who my husband and I adopted as a baby. We have thirteen grandchildren and are a large and boisterous blended family.
In 2013, my sixteen-year-old son TJ underwent heart surgery to repair a newly-diagnosed heart defect. During the surgery, mistakes were made, and TJ acquired a brain injury that left him cognitively intact but severely physically disabled. In February of 2018, after battling his brain injury for five years, TJ died at the age of twenty-one.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” During TJ’s illness, the Lord kept His promise and was close to this brokenhearted mother. In miraculous ways, God showed me that He is near. He lovingly held me and carried me through my son’s unimaginable suffering. TJ’s brain injury and death left a hole in my life that will never be filled this side of heaven. However, by holding fast to God’s promises, I’ve found comfort in His unfailing love.
During TJ’s health journey, I unexpectedly discovered a love for writing in the pages of a CaringBridge journal. CaringBridge became a creative outlet where I could express my love for the Lord, share my heart about my son’s illness, and update others about his condition. I recently wrote a book about my son’s journey entitled Trapped Within.