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My special little son

I just want to share that hopelessness can be transformed into hope. My 27 year old son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 9 weighing only 40 lbs. at the age of 18, I received a call from him that he wanted to end his life. I was devastated. Thanks to his best friend Matt, who bet him that he couldn’t look like Arnold Swartzeneger in one year, he thrives today. He went from 128lbs at 6’ to 191lbs and competing in United States Power Lifting Association events and winning. I will never forget the doctor who told him that he would be walking on a cane by the time he turned 25. He still struggles and goes in and out of remission but he remains determined and continues to thrive. Thank you for allowing me to share my story! Love and peace. Marianna 
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