Sam. Conqueror. Overcomer.

On the 15th May 2009, Samuel Christian made his way into this world...two month's premature and in severe respiratory distress. Within hours, Sam was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome - a very rare congenital disorder, of which little was known. The diagnosis together with the immediate challenges Sam faced to thrive became our core focus and it was with joy and thankfulness that we eventually brought Sam home, after nine weeks in the NICU.

As time pressed on, it became obvious that Sam's development was falling behind that of his RTS peers. Shortly before his 5th birthday Sam underwent a brain scan and it was confirmed by a paediatric neurologist that in addition to Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, Sam also has Cerebral Palsy related to his premature birth, as well as Autism.

This blog chronicles our journey through these challenges...
SAMUEL - COMPLETE IN GOD
Our world has crashed, been blown apart.
This can't be happening....why us? Why now?
Your fragile life shaken before it could barely start,
How do we get through this...please, Lord, tell us how?

Drowning in our sorrow, waiting for answers that just don't come.
Our baby "special needs"? It simply can't be true!
The heartache overwhelms us, we're left feeling cold and numb.
The diagnosis tells us little - these children are so few.

But then we finallyget to touch you, to see your precious face
And all the heartache and questions fade, replaced with love and pride.
It's obvious from the very start you're showered in God's grace,
And with His love and guidance, we'll take this challenge in stride.

When once we couldn't pronounce it, Rubinstein-Taybi's become our norm.
When once the future seemed dark, we now welcome the journey as having an RTS angel brings lessons in unexpected form.

Our world has crashed, been blown apart!
This IS happening....to us.....right now!
We've been blessed with a gift, so precious from the very start. How do we get through this? Here's how.....
By believing in a God, so merciful and great,
By trusting that He's right beside us as we journey through the narrow gate.
By believing His love for us is not determined by a human frame,
By trusting that we draw Him near by merely calling His name. This precious baby we asked God for,
Prayed he'd be perfect and complete.
And, as Samuel means "God hears", He's laid His answer at our feet.

(Nicky de Beer : 27/05/2010)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Adrian

Yesterday morning, we took a little drive, to go wish a friend (well actually Sam's friend, Adrian) Merry Christmas.

This is Adrian :



Adrian sells newspapers at an extremely busy intersection en route home from dropping Meghan at school and every schoolday morning, without fail, the second our car stops Adrian rushes up to the window and spends the next two to three light changes entertaining Sam by dancing, signing, clapping hands...you name it, he does it...as long as it gets a smile and some handclapping out of Sam. I can count on my one hand the number of days Adrian has not been at work, he's there whether its blazing hot or pouring with rain...and it's about the only part of our car journey during which Samuel does not moan and cry. Over the weekend we received a truly precious gift from a certain Knight and his Princess with an ever more precious message. Seeing as we seem to have been the object of many generous gestures lately, we wished to share our blessings with someone who is always smiling and friendly and keen to make others happy, so we went to share our gift with Adrian and thank him for the cherished contribution he makes to Sam's life. We'd be quite devastated if we had to face that intersection without Adrian as I am sure several other motorists would feel as Adrian's antics usually draw smiles from others as well (although there are the occasional frowns and disapproving looks).

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