Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Will You Hold My Hand?

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Will You Hold My Hand?

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My brother's name is Joc French. He is 6 years old and is in the first grade. Joc is a very bright child. He was diagnosed with mild spastic cerebral palsy (CP) at the age of 1. Each morning he wakes up knowing he has a long day ahead of him, with school and therapy five days a week.

His big brown eyes are always full of hope and you will never hear him complain. Independence is very important to him. If I try to help him with a new task he quickly lets me know that he can do it.

This little trouper has been through many surgeries. His latest one was in January 1999, a dorsal rhizotomy (a procedure performed on the lower portion of the spinal cord to diminish tone in spastic muscles of the lower limbs). I held his hand and gave him my prayers every step of the way. Sometimes I think these things may be harder on the family than on him. He is a strong little guy, full of determination and well-deserved pride.

Joc and I were on our way home the other day, and he asked me a question. He said "Sis, if God loves me so much then why did he give me CP?" With tears in my eyes, I replied, "Sweetie, God loves you so much, and he knew you were a strong little guy, so ..." I was speechless. For the first time, I had no answer for him. I do not understand why things happen--nobody does. I do know that my family and I have been blessed with an angel. Joc is the best gift God could ever have given me. He has taught me about dedication as well as determination. Most of all, my brother has shown me what a gift every moment of life is. …

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