This episode is a rerun from earlier this summer. Emily & Ashlyn will be back with a new episode next week.
Imagine the shock of hearing a cancer diagnosis for your small child, an innocent soul you would die to protect, only to realize that dying won’t change the prognosis. If that’s not hard enough to imagine, add on top of that the shocking discovery that your infant is also facing their own unique medical complexities while still undergoing chemo with your toddler. That’s the harsh reality our guest, Lori Szabo, and her husband, Ron, had to face. As a very experienced parent to children with complex medical needs, Lori takes us through her unexpected journey, from the initial diagnosis to the daily challenges and joys that come with raising her unique family. She offers invaluable insights into parenting a child with severe illness, yet living life beyond the medical, emphasizing the importance of unity and resilience within the family.
From snorkeling with whale sharks in the Philippines to a hilarious encounter with spicy Indian food in Kuala Lumpur, Lori has filled her family’s life with rich travel experiences. She is a passionate explorer, constantly seeking to learn about different cultures. As a mother of four biological children, an adopted child, and a host to an exchange student who joined the family, Lori’s love for children knows no bounds. She shares these heartwarming adventures and her family’s commitment to maintain a sense of normalcy, despite the medical needs of her children.
Life may not always be a serene sail across calm waters, but Lori reminds us that there is always hope and beauty in the chaos. Balancing the needs of a sick child with the needs of other siblings can be a daunting task. However, she provides insightful strategies on how to handle the emotional dynamics of such situations. She also offers a helpful look into the process of transitioning from parent advocate to support mom as children become young adults. As we end this enriching conversation, we would like to remind you that whatever emotional storm you may be weathering, remember, you are not alone. Together, we can navigate through life’s turbulent currents. So, tune in, reach out, and let’s walk this journey together.
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