Kera came from a very typical family. No major health concerns or issues – so that’s exactly what she hoped for and expected when she had her own children. Instead, Kera was blessed with three red-headed babies, each with their own set of special needs. Hence Kera’s nickname for her kids: The Special Reds. Julianna came first. She deals with Autism, Tourette Syndrome, stereotypic movement disorder, OCD, sensory processing disorder and anxiety.
Next came Blake. He was born with a blood disorder called mastocytosis. Finally, Nathan was born with a cleft palate and chromosome 22 duplication. Kera’s schedule revolves around the normal mom things like school, sports, church and lessons. But it also involves several doctors appointments and therapists, IEPs and blogging about her kids’ differences.
Kera is at a tough place in her parenting journey. For eleven years she has given her all to her kids, and it’s hard not to feel spent. She’s hanging in there though, and hoping for brighter days ahead. She says she’s learning a lot of patience and ultimately this journey has toughened her and made her less afraid to stand up for herself and her kids.
Recently Julianna asked to play softball, so Kera was a mom on a mission to find the right team for her daughter. Towards the end of a successful season, Julianna hit her first home run. Tune in to find out why Kera and her husband were a little less than thrilled.
Learn more about Kera’s kids on her blog, The Special Reds.
The article I wrote, that I mentioned at the top of the podcast.