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Telling Anna’s Story

Three-year-old Anna

My latest guest post is up today at the Apraxia-KIDS blog. In it, I tell Anna’s story. Here’s a small sample:

It took us a while to realize there was something wrong, but about the time she turned two we started to suspect it. I remember one day in particular. My wife Julia and I had taken Anna to our local Gymboree studio for open gym when a little voice caught our ears.

“Help please, mommy.”

We turned to see a small boy struggling to climb up the ladder behind Anna. His mom leaned down and gave him a boost.

“Thank you,” he said as he climbed the rest of the way up the play structure set in the center of the multi-colored classroom.

“He’s a beautiful little boy,” Julia said.

“Thank you,” his mom replied.

“How old is he?”

“Eighteen months.”

The words hit as hard as if the play structure had collapsed on top of us. Eighteen months old and his speech was clear and fluent. Anna was seven months older and we couldn’t understand her.

The rest of the post, which draws material from Chapters 30 and 31 of A Smile for Anna, summarizes our path from diagnosis through therapy, and shows how much progress Anna has made in the last three years. It was posted just before 11:30 a.m. PDT on the Apraxia-KIDS blog. Less than six hours later I received this tweet:

@davidozab Just read “Telling Anna’s Story”. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My 3.5 yr. old has apraxia. You give us hope!

This is why I became a writer.


2 thoughts on “Telling Anna’s Story

  1. Thank you so much. I just wanted for a moment to know we are not alone. My daughter Averie 4 yrs old diagnosed apraxia last fall. She has been thru alot. Her tonsil and adenoid removed hearing test vision test mri etc all to come out normal and no one wated to help they kept saying she was spoiled and we have to makeher talk.. All that u see in yourdaughter is everything we see in ours.. Thanks for writing it reallys helps to know even though we are in NY and u are in Oregon we are not alone. We have hope..

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