While I was doing internet research last year, when I began to fear Jud had a leukodystrophy, but before it was diagnosed, I had stumbled upon the Hunter’s Hope website and saw a picture from the family symposium that was held the previous year.
I recall looking at all the kids in wheelchairs with deteriorated bodies and pleading with God that Jud would be spared from a leukodystrophy and that I would never find myself in a similar photo.
Today, I was standing at that exact location amongst all the kids in wheelchairs and I became a face in that photo-the photo I dreaded!
Ironically, I was glad to be there. After the path we’ve walked in the last year, it was truly a gift to be surrounded by people who cannot only sympathize with my pain, but deeply empathize because of their own pain.
It was described as a “family photo.” I embrace my new “family.”
Can you find me?