Saturday, December 17, 2011

Do you know Keegan?


He has autism.

Just one more diagnosis.  A pretty big one.

But it is not him.  

He is still Keegan, our amazing, strong, courageous, resilient little Bug.

And we love him.

Do you?

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Keegan and I don't even know you all. I am a homeschool mother with four children and from Oklahoma. I don't remember how I came across your blog. I do know that I pray for your family and think of you all often. Hang in there.

sleepy_mama said...

Hi Maddie! I'm de-lurking to send you a big cyber hug. We've met a couple times -- I'm Melissa (Ahlfors) Anderly's oldest sister. You may know that my seven-year-old daughter Elinor also has an ASD diagnosis, among an alphabet soup set of other medical issues too. My gut tells me that your family is actually going to thrive once you tap into the resources and interventions for kiddos with ASD. We have seen many improvements now that we've passed from the limbo land that comes with the obscure "developmentally delayed" label and into a concrete diagnosis that has research-based interventions that produce results. I'll be happy to walk you through some of the lessons I've learned over the past couple years. Feel free to contact me if you're interested. A GREAT blog, btw, http://adiaryofamom.wordpress.com

Kelley Loredo said...

Oh girl-one more thing for you to think about. Big hugs! Hope it won't be too much of a change from routine to go see lights with us!

The McPhersons said...

We love him to the moon and back NO matter what! Thinking and praying for you as you face another chapter. Love you guys!

hughesfamily said...

I don't know you...I just follow your blog, but, YES, I love him, too. :)

Lauren said...

Of course! He is still the exact same sweet, brave boy that anyone that knows you or has read your blog has fallen in love with!

Lauren

scrippe1 said...

He's the same sweet boy he's always been and a true gift from God. Of course, we love him and always will.

Stephanie

Cody said...

Our love for Bug is limitless, and knows no bounds. He is and will remain an inspiration and blessing in our lives. No diagnosis is going to change that ... it's just one more aspect of Keegan that will allow us to understand him & his needs.
Autism being a spectrum disorder ... many of us &/or our children have aspects of Autism that go undiagnosed.
It is one more hurtle, but also provides clarity and many times blessings.
We love you Maddie, Bug, Gray & Audrey .. no matter what.
Autism is just a word to explain his neuro-processing... it does not change who he is.

Julie said...

I only know you through your blog, but I love and pray for you, Gary, Keegan and Audrey every day. Your little Bug is an amazing Bug and this doesn't change that at all. Blessing and peace this CHRISTmas season.

Julie

Kristine said...

How could you not love him with that infectious smile.

The Millers said...

We love your sweet bug! What a brave boy- and family. Thinking about you guys- all the time!

Aunt Alex said...

As Keegan and Audrey's proud aunt, I didn't think I could love them more, but somehow, I love them more and more every day!

Anonymous said...

I've never met Keegan, but I love him very much too. I'm a friend of Abby Harris. I think of Keegan daily and pray for him. Maddie you are an inspiration to me as a mother and I try to be like you, and fail much of the time. Keegan is a treasure and always will be, despite a new diagnosis.

Becky Cudlipp said...

Keegan is loved, and this diagnosis doesn't change anything about that. He is still the same sweet, strong boy he was; nothing about that is different. And I'm sure you will meet this new challenge head-on as you have with all the others, and make sure he has the best care possible.

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog through rio-loco. I feel as if I know you and your whole beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your story with us. We pray for you and your family everyday. You all are amazing people and true examples of faith.

Jennifer said...

I don't know Keegan - but Keegan is alive and kicking and loved. An Autism diagnosis is just that - a diagnosis, not a road map to what his life will be. An autistic child is a child who is alive - which is something Keegan may not be without your devotion and love and fight for this kid. My understanding is that with assistance, an autistic child can have a wonderful life. I read your blog because you and Keegan inspire me daily. Prayers and hugs to you.

Carolyn Sivess said...

I have not met Keegan but because of your wonderful posts, Maddie, I feel like I know all of you. Anna Holt was my Sunday School teacher many years ago so I love her family because I love her so much.
Maddie, I am sooooo impressed with your diligence in posting about your family and with your faith in the Lord. Each time I read an apology for not posting every day I wish I could give you a big hug and assure you that you do a WONDERFUL job!!!!
I hope someday to meet all of you and give each of you a big hug.
Love in Christ,
Carolyn Sivess

Susy said...

Like almost everyone else, I only know your family through your blog...but I've grown to love all of you. I am constantly inspired by you every day. I know that someday I will be a better mother because of what I've seen of your love for Keegan. I know that it's never ok to give up because you have never once given up on Keegan. This diagnosis is an answer to a question...and I hope that answer will lead you to understanding Keegan even better than you do now and help you on this journey. Keegan is the luckiest little boy in the world, and is prayed for by so many every day. Have a very Merry Christmas, and I hope the New Year brings your family many happy blessings.

Tari Anne said...

I hope you know, through your own real life experiences with people whose lives Keegan touches every day, and through all the lives he touches through your blog, that Keegan is one LOVED little boy, no matter what. I have all SORTS of love for him and your family! Our family thinks and prays for yours every day. XO

Shannon said...

I am an xray tech at Children's, and I love Keegan! He is such a sweet, beautiful, miracle boy.

tbugg815 said...

Maddie, God bless you. Many many prayers for you and your heart. And many prayers for sweet Keegan. I think of you all often. I've been following your blog since we met at the coffee house at Baylor, and you gave me Semrin's name. He saved my son's life. Thank you. After years of gut craziness and an antibiotic diet, we find ourselves coming to grips with an autism dx, too. I don't guess anything quite takes the wind out of your sails the way that does. We say all the time too, that it doesnt matter what the doctors and teachers write in his files or in his charts, he is still our sweet little boy, and nothing changes that. We only view it as an opportunity to get him more services...But I digress...you are such an inspiration to me. I appreciate your faith, and love and commitment to your little darlings. God will take care of him. And hold your hand through one more diagnosis! (HUGS). Nicole