“I felt both blessed and overwhelmed to be the mother of triplets. I stayed home with the babies, extended family pitched in, and my husband worked two jobs to provide for us. I knew from the beginning that Kirsten had some issues, but when she was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy at 5 months of age, the pain in my heart was almost unbearable. There was guilt too, wondering whether I should have had the fertility treatments and whether her problems were my fault.
“The triplets are 19 years old now. There have been many hardships along the way---surgeries, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more---but I’m thankful for my wonderful children. Every night as I lay my head on the pillow, I ask God for strength and thank him for every blessing. I’m especially thankful for Kirsten’s great attitude and her amazing compassion for other people.”