Where Do You Live?
Monroe, North Carolina
Tell Us About Your Family (from Melissa)…
Brian and I have been married for 11 years and we reside in Monroe NC. We currently have three children. Molly is 8, Rayna is 6, and Aaron is 4. Brian works for North Carolina Farms, Inc. Molly and Rayna will be attending Union Preparatory Academy in Indian Trail in the fall as 3rd and 1st graders respectively. This past spring Molly and Rayna participated in dance and Aaron participated in Upwards Soccer. We are members of Church of the Redeemer in Indian Trail where I am the Childrens’ Ministry Director.
How Has Epilepsy Impacted Your Family? (from Melissa)
From the time Rayna was born, she was a very “difficult” child. As an infant, she cried A LOT, didn’t sleep well, and struggled to self-sooth. We assumed that one day she would grow out of her difficult “phase.” As a toddler, we noticed that she had some sensory issues. Right before her third birthday, we realized that she wasn’t quite like other children. She still wasn’t sleeping well, wouldn’t play with other children (other than her sister), couldn’t handle loud noises or crowds, and would become incredibly overwhelmed and anxious on a daily basis. She would spend a lot of her day crying and struggled with transitions. We talked with our pediatrician who referred us to a developmental pediatrician. Right around her third birthday, Rayna was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and an anxiety disorder. She also had developmental delays.
How Do You Participate In Your Community ? (from Brian)
We are very active in our church, Church of the Redeemer in Indian Trail. Also, we plan to be active in the charter school where the girls will be attending, Union Prep Academy in Indian Trail. Also, we try to stay involved with our community by being aware of things occurring in the area.
What Would You Tell A Local Family With A New Diagnosis? (from Melissa)
I would tell a family with a new diagnosis that it is okay to be afraid but not to be overcome by that fear. Seek support through church and the community.