Our son Gustin will be 18 years old on Friday, Jan.15. Thirteen years ago, 7 months after his 5th birthday we learned that he had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We had no idea what the doctor was talking about when he told us he had it and what it was. It was the most devastating news! We went home and couldn't stop crying. Feeling the need to learn more we turned to our 1970 Encyclopedia and it told us most boys don't live beyond 18 yrs old. It hurt more than imagineable! As we looked at our innocent young boy who had no idea what he was in for,he was smiling and happy. As Friday approaches and he will be 18 it will be a day of celebration!!! As this day comes that we have lived in fear of, we will be celebrating LIFE!
Best Wishes to you all!
A very Thankful Mom!
Laurie Hoovestol

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Comment by Laurie Hoovestol on January 21, 2010 at 12:31pm
Thank you for all your wonderful wishes! He had a really good day!!
Comment by pam loomis on January 17, 2010 at 8:06pm
I feel exactly the same. It was like a death sentence back then for our son. Our son turns 27 on Tues Jan 19th. He has brought us so much joy over the years. He is doing good. We are so blessed every moment every day and we are thankful! Celebrating LIFE with you and Gustin!

Happy Birthday!
Pamela Loomis
Comment by Veronica E. on January 14, 2010 at 3:38pm
Happy birthday, Gustin! What an event to celebrate!
Comment by Terry Porcaro on January 13, 2010 at 10:49pm
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Gustin !!!
Comment by Donna on January 12, 2010 at 11:20am
Birthday wishes your way!! Similar story - but ours was 7 DAYS after Kyle's 5th birthday. He will now be 7 in April. It still hurts.

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