It has been revealed that Meghan King‘s 2-year-old Hart has hypotonic cerebral palsy.
King revealed her child’s condition last week in a new blog post in honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day, giving her readers an update on Hart’s health after he was diagnosed with brain damage last summer.
“I was expecting this diagnosis,” writes King, 36, of her son with estranged husband Jim Edmonds.
“Even though he’s the same kid I expected it to hit me hard. But it didn’t. It didn’t hit me hard at all. In fact I felt relieved.”
King asks her readers to think of her relief as having felt like she was “going through life every day without putting the lid on the toothpaste and then finally, I got to put the lid on. That’s how simple and right it felt.”
“This is the once dreadful diagnosis I knew was coming since that fateful day I googled the right thing and it hit me like a truck: CP,” she adds. “I knew it was CP since Hart was a few months old. I just knew.”
“Jim is unaware of any such diagnosis and, if it is even true, it is completely unconscionable and absolutely disgraceful that Meghan would announce this on social media without discussing it with him first,” Edmonds’ rep Steve Honig revealed to PEOPLE.
In response to Edmonds’ claim that he was “unaware” of the diagnosis, King said in a statement to PEOPLE: “Jim’s statements are untrue and I refuse to address them further.”
Hart, who is now almost 2½ years old, “has somewhat plateaued in his physical progress which can be very disheartening for a therapy mama like myself,” says King.
“But he does all the typical things for a kid his age like goes up and down stairs, insists on buckling his car seat himself, ‘jumps’ from the coffee table to the couch (I quoted ‘jumps’ because he doesn’t actually lift both feet off the ground at the same time), and hits baseballs off a tee.”
King is sharing his story in hopes “that Hart can inspire others with a ‘diagnosis’ not to hide it for fear of judgment but to wear it as a badge of honor, a source of pride for all the hard work he’s accomplished that most of us will never understand.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.