Meghan King Edmonds is thankful for the support in her community surrounding her 3-year-old son who battles with cerebral palsy.
“It feels nice to know I have so much support from so many people,” the former “RHOC” star, 36, exclusively shared with Page Six on Wednesday after posting about how her son wasn’t able to run at the same speed as his siblings.
In a lengthy post to Instagram, Edmonds posted about her frustration:
“The other day it was raining and I had to park my car outside. Aspen said, ‘Okay guys, let’s run as fast as we can to go inside!’ Hayes said, ‘Yes! Let’s go!’ And Hart started crying. He said he can’t run as fast as them… and he can’t. Not because of his genetics but because of his Cerebral Palsy.”
“You might think he looks and acts ‘normal’ (we say ‘typical’) but he’s not. He has a hidden disability that affects every part of his life – and mine. And now he knows this and so do his siblings. It breaks my heart into a million pieces. This post isn’t for sympathy – no special needs parent wants sympathy – it’s for awareness. Sometimes we don’t know our neighbor’s full story, so let’s dig deeper for an extra ounce of empathy. It took me over a week to post this because I was so devastated. And as for CP, it can kiss my pink a**I hate it.”
Edmonds shares her three children with her ex-husband Jim Edmonds.
In September 2019 Edmonds revealed that intensive therapy programs helped her young son become more social. Hart has “speech, occupational, physical, and behavioral therapies integrated into his school days” to treat the disorder.
Meghan told Page Six in July of that year that her toddler had been diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia — a form of irreversible brain damage.
“I really wanted nothing more than to just be a crazy hypochondriac mother, but I knew I wasn’t,” she said at the time. “Because of that diagnosis, I got him into all these therapies.”
But by May, Hart had been diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy.
“This is something he’ll live with for the rest of his life, but he can manage it,” the mother of three shared, adding, “He looks great. He’s doing awesome. A miraculous child.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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