THE COMPASS

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OUR GRANDSON JOSHUA BY NANA AND GRANDPA HAGE

The most important people in our lives are our children and grandchildren. When an unexpected life-threatening experience occurs to a grandchild, grandparents feel the pain and anguish twofold, deep in our hearts. We suffer for both our child and our grandchild.

In August 2010 our daughter gave birth to our beautiful grandson, Joshua. Before his birth, he suffered devastating complications, placing both our daughter’s and our grandson’s lives in danger. The doctors told us had she not gone to the hospital when she did, Joshua would have died that night and our daughter could have died as well. In that moment we could have lost two of our family members.

Our grandson suffered a stroke at birth caused by a life-threatening blood disorder. The effects of the birth complications have been felt many months later eventually delivering to all of us the greatest challenges we have faced thus far in our family.

As we look back over the past three and a half years, we have witnessed the power of commitment, faith and love. In spite of the setbacks we all have found courage, hope and vitality to keep life moving forward in a positive direction.

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