I just finished a book about a mom and her son (I am not going to mention the title because I did not care for it). The little boy's diagnosis in the beginning was not great...no walking, talking, seeing...really not able to do much at all.
The mom searched high and low for therapies, treatments and doctors that would help her son. She spends hours upon hours doing therapy with him each day. The father would come home from work several times a day to help with the therapies. They traveled many miles to try new therapies or remedies. She puts forth every effort to help her son. Even the book cover says, "every waking moment". It does help, he is able to talk some, walk with assistance amongst some other great accomplishments.
Sounds great, right? As first read it might be but this mom lost so many things. She lost herself, her husband, job, friends, any outside relationships...she was in this world just she and her son working on making him the best he could possibly be.
The book was meant to be uplifting about overcoming those big challenges but to me I found it kind of sad. Sure the little boy exceeded many expectations but a what cost?
I am sure that if you asked this mom she would say she would do anything no matter what the cost.
To me, there has to be some balance.
I have struggled with this. There are times that I wonder how much we could be doing. Would therapy everyday help? Should we try different therapies? Do we search out other doctors or alternative medicines? Brayden is the youngest of three. I cannot devote my every waking moment to him alone. But what if I could? Would that make a difference?