Most people have heard of Spina Bifida but aren’t really sure what it is or what it means for the people who do have it. Over 166,000 Americans live with Spina Bifida, and my granddaughter is one of them. She was born on July 18, just a few months ago. We knew from the time my daughter in law was 4 or 5 months pregnant that the baby would have this birth defect. We also knew that we would love and cherish her no matter what.
In each person the effects of the “defect” are different. Depending where on the spine it is located determines how mild or severe the medical issues the child will have. Higher up on the spine involves the brain. Lower down involves bowel and bladder. Lower still can affect the legs and feet. It can be devastating, but again it depends on so many factors.
I will be posting more about this in the coming weeks and months because there is so much I’d like to share and hope that other families with children that have Spina Bifida will visit and share with me as well. For now, please know that this month (October) is Spina Bifida Awareness month. Please take a moment to share this with your friends and family.