APRIL 30

APRIL 30

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

April 30

One day when my son George was eight, he woke up with his foot pointed straight up; he could only walk on his heel. As we began the doctors’ circuit, his crookedness moved up one leg and down the other. We learned that he had generalized torsion dystonia, a condition similar to cerebral palsy.

We tried every medication, diet and doctor possible. My life became directed toward helping find a cure for this disease. I wanted my son to be normal again.

Slowly, George’s comfort with his disease taught me forgiveness. Then, a friend dragged me to group meditation. I came to realize that George was my teacher; love was the lesson.

I knew then that George was and always had been George. I accepted that he wouldn’t grow up and have the same prospects as other people, but he would grow up with more patience, ambition and courage than anyone I had ever known.

At a recent high-school reunion, I listened while everyone celebrated their children’s successes. When it was at last my turn, I was the proudest parent: “My son walks. And he’s perfect.”

Sharon Drew Morgen

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