In a heartwrenching Instagram post, Meghan King is speaking on the difficulties of raising a son with cerebral palsy.
This past Thursday, the Real Housewives of Orange County alum, 37, shared how her 3-year-old son Hart‘s brain injury “affects all of our lives daily.”
Meghan, who is also mom to Hart’s twin brother Hayes and 5-year-old daughter Aspen, posted a selfie of herself crying with Hart sitting in his car seat after picking him up early from school.
“I don’t like being defined as a mother of a child with cerebral palsy. In fact, I actively work against it,” Meghan began her caption.
“I seldom share with you the challenges Hart faces and instead focus on how great he’s doing while trying to give equal focus to my other two children and myself. But the reality is that Hart’s brain injury affects all of our lives daily. “
She continued, “Although CP is defined as a motor disability, its symptoms rear their heads in a plethora of other ways. Today is the second day in a row that Hart has had to leave school for poor behavior. This not only renders me unable to work during that short school window but it leaves me feeling frustrated and helpless for both of us.”
In October of 2020, Hart was diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy. King first revealed the news at the time in a blog post in honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day, giving her readers an update on Hart’s health after he was diagnosed with irreversible brain damage the previous summer.
In this past Thursday’s post, King said the “unknown” is what worries her the most about her son’s diagnosis
“Is his environment too inconsistent? Is he not getting enough attention? How do I balance his needs with the other needs in the household? Is there such a thing as balance? Is there a solution?” she added.
“Is happiness achievable or are we bound to a lifetime of rollercoaster behaviors, merry-go-round therapies, and erratic emotions that eat into everyone’s time and energy?
“The unknown is daunting,” King concluded her post. “How do I keep him integrated in normal schooling when he acts violently or disruptive? How? Thank you for attending my depressing TED talk.”
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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