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Rio’s Story Pt. 3



This is not photoshopped. Or doctored. This is Rio, 2 hours into wearing his new “diggs”. He recieved his (Prosthetic Eye) today. I am still trying to figure out how I feel about seeing my son like this. I need a little time to process it.

He’s gorgeous. As he was before. And here we are again, having to adopt a “New Normal”. That this is how Rio is going to look from now on.

It all seems a bit surreal right now.

READ My New Normal part 1, HERE and part 2, HERE




October 11, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Bret Hectus - Hi Freedom,
I wanted to say thank you so very much for approaching Stacey and I yesterday at SNG and sharing your wonderful website with us for our daughter Jillian. You have two absolutely beautiful children! It was so nice to read through Rio’s story and be able to see what we can look forward to. It was very comforting to see that Rio has turned into a handsome and playful boy that is full of life and energy.
Stacey and I were obviously shocked and devastated when we first learned that our little Jillian was not ever going to be able to have full function of her right eye. So many fears and thoughts ran through our heads, we didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. Whas it something we did? Was I being punished for something? Doctors didn’t have any answers why it happened, etc etc.
We both went to all kinds of child preparation classes, daddy boot camp, etc, but nothing prepares you for what to do when you have a special child. It’s all learn on the fly. From day 1 Stacey and I have loved Jillian unconditionally and we don’t see there is any reason to treat her differently or raise her differently. I’m still counting the days until she starts walking because not long after that she’s going to be strapped to a wakeboard and riding behind the boat!
Reading through your site I see that there are a lot of things that we have in common with you guys, I grew up surfing and now have more boards than I do time to use them. Stacey & I are both huge Dave Ramsey fans! We would both love the opportunity to talk to you and Gabriel some more at some point. I know you’ll have your hands full with your newest little bundle of joy on the way but when you have a chance to get back on track please feel free to contact either one of us if you like, we’d enjoy hearing from you guys.
My email is uflbret@gmail.com and Stacey’s email is staceynfla@gmail.com

Thanks again so much for taking the time to introduce yourself and give us this great info!! It has helped us more than words can describe.

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