Thanksgiving offers a time for reflection, yet Christmastime always makes me look back and be thankful, too.
My husband and I received the greatest gifts of all when our twins, Becky and Josh, were born after we tried for years to have children. Six years ago this month we brought our son and daughter home from the hospital. They were full-term, happy and healthy, and we were thrilled.
When Josh was about 6 months old, his head grew very large very quickly. He had developed hydrocephalus, which is caused by a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. The increasing pressure caused the ventricles, which hold the fluid, to expand, resulting in brain damage. At the time, there was no way to know if that damage was mild or severe. Learning that Josh had a lifelong, life-threatening condition was heartbreaking, and there was no way to know what the future would hold.