Baseball Season


*Yes, this has been posted before during the month of April.  But, it’s why I’m here in the first place.  The reason I began writing long ago.  Please take a second glance to think of little ones who need a chance.  Thank you.

Baseball Season!  The time of year when Little League games will soon begin!  I remember my husband buckling seatbelts around waists of toothless grins before closing the door to our minivan.  It was “Sign-Up Day,” at our county Athletic Association.

I’d like to say that playing sports isn’t any different for children living with Chronic Conditions.  Turns out, anything is possible with a positive attitude, determination, planning and a few adjustments.

In a small building on the busiest street in town, folding tables were set in a room of peeling paint.  At first glance, it looked as though a country wedding was about to begin.  Instead, there was a cardboard box of printed paper surrounded by an unspoken order.  Tiny boxes needed be checked under fluorescent lights of bright white.  Names and addresses and ages too, were to be added in lines of blue.

Days later, an official looking letter arrived.  Like the first day of school, it listed an assigned teacher (coach) together with a classroom (team).  My boys delighted in this.  Especially the name of their teams!  Raptors, Thunder, or Boys of Wonder?   It didn’t matter.  A Home Run had already been hit within their imaginations….

That first season started only weeks after my oldest was diagnosed with diabetes.  Mothers and others covered their mouths, back then.  They whispered behind my back, “Was it possible to play with his condition,” someone asked?  Yes, my son could play baseball!   I would figure out a way.  He was no different from any other little boy…..Besides, he was good with the ball and a quick runner.  He could steal bases faster than any other six-year-old on his team.   His coaches nicknamed him, “Jet.”   Once he started running, he didn’t stop.  This was two years before, Forrest Gump!

I’m not going to lie.  It wasn’t always easy.  Adrenalin made my boy’s blood sugar drop like the pitcher’s ball at home plate.   Oftentimes, I’d dash to the dug-out to prick his finger, checking a single drop of blood to see if his number was “low.”  If so, he’d drink a can of juice or eat some food brought from home.  Sometimes both.  Then off he’d go, out into the field of green to play and run and have some fun.  Or, maybe not.

My youngest son who lived with asthma, had obstacles too playing sports.  Exercise was a huge asthma trigger for him.  He used a preventive inhaler before each game.  Even at a young age, he was still a big ‘little’ guy who slammed the ball far over the fence.  After running around all three bases, he often had to sit out for an inning or more.  Holding his chest, he’d gasp for breath.  Deeply, he’d inhale white powdered medicine from his rescue inhaler.  So difficult for him to wait on the bench while his friends giggled in the dugout while tossing the ball.  Harder still not to breathe….

God taught me many lessons during the years my kids played baseball.  After all, I lived at the ball park from the first game in spring until the last one of summer.  In turn, both of my children learned important lessons too.  Living with Chronic Conditions didn’t stop them from being like any of the other kids on the team.  They simply had to do things a little differently.  Somehow, they found a way.

If your child lives with a chronic condition, do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true.  Encourage them to try.  Ask for help, pray to God and wish upon a star.  If you believe in their dreams, they will too.

 

Jayson Gosselin–Age 6 First Year of Little League

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Justin-Age 7, First Year                               Jayson-Age 9

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Jay Justin Baseball4  Jayson–Age 16, Freshman High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 thoughts on “Baseball Season

  1. Kim.. my eyes are moist as I read this lovely post.. You should be so proud of your boys and yourself for allowing them to enjoy normal activities . Taking part and enjoying themselves..
    I can only imagine the constant worry, but You can look back and give yourself a huge pat on the back.

    I know that the Divine Creator is doing just that as he see what a great Mum and Grandmother you are..

    So loved those cute pictures of your Sons playing Baseball..
    🙂 Hugs and much love your way
    Sue ❤

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    • Awww, thank you Sue. Even though it’s been a long time, not much has changed as far as symptoms & reactions go. Which is why I feel so strongly about repeating this post. The fear is immense and yes, things go wrong. But, fear must not steal dreams for any reason. To my boys, playing baseball was as important as ‘winning the lottery!’ My bravery became their bravery….Education has come far since my sons were young. I wish all families the very best in hoping that their dreams come true as well. Thank you for everything, Sue. Bless you, always.

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  2. Such an encouraging post and it’s so important for parents of kids living with chronic conditions to read what is achievable…and the kids as well.
    As you might have noticed, I’ve been doing the Blogging A-Z Challenge and golly it has really stretched me, pushed me up hill and is keeping me up late. It’s the first time I’ve done it and didn’t realise people used themes and so I’ve ended up doing it on the fly and have chosen my favourite things as my theme. We’re currently away on holidays so adding the photos has also been tricky and it’s taking up so much time.
    Anyway, J is for journalling resulted in two posts and the second one explored my journey with Anne Frank through my teenage years where she was quite a life raft at times, especially with my undiagnosed hydrocephalus bubbling away just under the surface.

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    • Roweena, I apologize as I’ve not been to your blog since last we ‘spoke.’ I knew you were doing the ‘Challenge,’ and what a challenge it must be! I have to get over there as it sounds like you have some fantastic posts written, topics that would be of great interest to me with pictures that I know will be lovely. Thank you for your kind words regarding this post with much appreciation to you for your patience, Roweena! 😀

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      • That’s fine. It’s hard to juggle everything and I know I’m finding it hard to write my posts for the challenge, read the blogs I’ve decided to follow through the challenge, keep up with the blogs I follow who aren’t doing the challenge and also enjoy our holiday. I am trying to simplify future posts and the one on journalling and Anne certain ended up being a marathon but has uncovered a real pot of gold in terms of writing my story so it was incredibly fruitful!!

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      • Oh, I can’t wait, Roweena. Tomorrow, first chance. I’ve been helping with the twins most of the day. Two in ‘two’ arms leaves little room for much else! 👶👶

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      • I’ve had a different struggle with my two. Mister refusing to leave the house and is locked in his room with the ipad despite being at Palm Beach and I forced Miss on a drive to Palm Beach and suffered a litany of whingeing. I think the boy is now verging on the surly teenage years and I think Miss is 9 going on 21!!

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      • Oh, I remember those ‘boys’ years,although one was very compliant. Never had a daughter, but I can surely remember my dear mother raising three of her own! God bless her!

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    • Thanks so much for ‘hanging in there’ with me, Dan. Your support means the world to me. Soooo many children are diagnosed on a daily basis with one Chronic Condition or another. As a parent, it’s overwhelming in the beginning, but life goes on. It’s what you make of it. 😊

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    • I ‘hope’ so, Lilka. Truly don’t know what my boys would have done without ‘their’ baseball! It was a huge part of their lives. Even after high school & through college they went on to coach. 😊. Thank you for your kindness to me.

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  3. Your last line is the greatest lesson. Everything they believe in and have achieved comes from and begins with your faith in them. God bless you for giving them the encouragement they needed to begin their journey.

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    • Thank you George. So many other moms like me who do the same or more. With your permission, sharing your heartfelt blessings with all of them together with their dear children who surely are ‘Superstars.’

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  4. I hadn’t read this before Kim, what an outstanding story, you are an amazing person, you have instilled aspirations in you children’s hearts, that they have achieved.
    Profoundly beautiful, a family that has proven that anything can be achieved, with perseverance and a loving Mum.

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    • Tears to my eyes Emu, at your words. I truly only hope to encourage and perhaps inspire others through this post. Beginning to be embarrassed by all of these compliments. Mothers everywhere do ‘what they have to do.’ I don’t believe I was much an exception except for God’s hands in my little family’s world. It was ‘He’ who made the difference. Thank you Emu, with love.

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