We are a family of 4 with many paws. My husband served 4 years of active duty in the Marine Corps, with 2 deployments to Afghanistan and 1 relief mission to Haiti. Axel's service to our country brought us a furry friend named Tucker, who serves as Axel's service dog. Our oldest son Ace was born Janurary 2012 at Camp Lejeune, NC surrounded by our military friends and family. Two years later, our second son and rainbow baby Gunner was born. Unknown to us at the time, but our world was about to change. We started to notice a problem with Gunner's eyes. Long story short, after many tests and doctors appointments, at four months old we learned he was born blind with a rare retina disorder called Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. At this time there is no cure or treatment. While we received his diagnosis, i immediately finished up my paralegal degree and immediately began taking courses, reading books, talking to parents and professionals-whatever it takes to learn how to help him. Gunner is now 2 1/2 and is working on his independence and enjoys playing with big brother Ace. We are in the process of raising money for his service dog buddy, trying to pay off his medical expenses while trying to be able to afford and provide him with the resources and materials he needs and have big plans to move to Nashville,TN. The move will be beneficial to everyone, Axel will be around his friends he was deployed with, Gunner would be able to attend an open School for the Blind and be around more resources. Ace and I will be around family, friends and have a lot of positive role models in our every day life. For now, my husband is working his full time job and his construction job on the side to try to help with bills and expenses for Gunner's needs, and we also attend craft shows with items we've made to also help with fundraising for Gunner's service dog and expenses.
It's a wild adventure but i wouldn't have it any other way. Chaos is our normal. But it's only natural as a wife and parent to do whatever is needed for your family.