Monday, October 22, 2012
So, its Spina Bifida Awareness month and I'm hearing and reading all these statistics about Spina Bifida. It is said that about 1 in every 1000 kids is born with SB. What's crazy is that about 60% of babies diagnosed in utero are aborted. SIXTY PERCENT!!!! That number shocked me when I first heard it. That's a LOT. I look at Dryden and I just can't believe that number... but then I think back to when he was first diagnosed.
The specialist painted such a grim picture of what his future would be like. I honestly left her office that day believing that Dryden would never walk, that he would have major developmental problems and I remember her even telling us that although it was too late to abort in Louisiana, she could give me other nearby states where it was an option. I was so upset. I figured if she was giving us this speech, that Dryden was going to have it bad. I was so overwhelmed!! I can see now why that number is so high!!
It wasn't until we saw the neurosurgeon that I realized other than some major work ahead ... Dryden was fine!!!
It really isn't fair and I wish something could be done to change that statistic.
I am begging you... pass it along... Spina Bifida awareness needs to be raised!!! A Spina Bifida diagnosis shouldn't be a death sentence. Spread the word and lets drop that statistic!!!
You could save someones life.