Life is a journey, as they say. Elijah and I have been on such a journey since his birth. I think we are finally on a good path. I am finally really beginning to accept and understand his Tourettes, OCD and ADHD. How they work together and how his brain is just not built like my brain. I am more at peace with it. I can better deal with him, which makes his life easier and makes it easier for him to be accepting of himself. I still think we have a journey ahead of us and he has his own journey to make. I am going to be there with him for as long as he needs me though.
Jacob's journey is more typical of most kids, but he is his own person. He has a lot of choices in the next four years as he enters high school next year. He is a good kid, and I can only hope that I have raised him to make good decisions.
I have my own journey too as a single mother and as a single person. I don't know if I will find someone to share this journey with or not. I'll just have to keep moving forward!
THE SHADDOX BOYS
Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!