A Little Blessing

My name is Brandon Burditt. I was born with a bilaterral cleft lip and cleft palate. I had three surgeries in my first year of life; but that hasn't stopped me. Some say I am a little charmer; I love to cuddle, laugh, and play.
This is my journey...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Christmas 2009. What a year. Brandon is doing fantastic. He is growing a little more every day. He continues on his growth hormone medication nightly. All follow up appointments have been going well...and no more surgeries for awhile.
We are so blessed.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A blankie for you...

So...last year I bought some cleft bears from the cleft foundation and gave them to our pediatrician's office so they could pass them on to new parents of cleft babies. Although I have changed the gift this year, the tradition continues. This year I decided to make little blankies for our new little friends. I couldn't have accomplished this goal without the help of my family and friends. I delivered the blankies to the cleft clinic today to be distributed as they see fit.

My dear friend Raquel wrote this amazing poem which I attached to each blankie.

This blankie was made with caring hands
By a family who may just understand
The tears and pain, the disbelief
The days and nights where you just weep
Although our stories may differ some
Please rest assured relief will come
A long road for some, and short for others
A common bond amongst fathers and mothers
So to your precious one, we give this gift
Their spirits we do hope it lifts
It's soft and warm and just the right size
To hold or wrap both day and night
Written by- Raquel Wilson

Friday, December 18, 2009

Spreading the word...

I'd like to give a special shout out to Allison. Allison is an 8th grader here in Toledo who took the opportunity to acknowledge Brandon's journey in one of her school assignments. Allison was to pick a story and make a book out of it. She researched Brandon's blog and information about his medical conditions, made it into a little book, and shared it with her class. I have the pleasure now of having this book as a memento and am pleased to share that Allison received an A+ on this project. "Way to go Allison... and thanks for taking the time to share this information with the younger population!"

On another positive note...I have had the pleasure of being interviewed for an article in the Toledo Free Press a couple weeks ago. This article was published in the parenting section of this newspaper about my blog. I am so pleased to share Brandon's journey and hopeful that we can touch the lives of other families in the process.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Giving Thanks

What am I thankful for this year? Here is a list just to name a few...
1.)I am thankful for all of the support and encouragement I have received from family and friends during all the ups and downs these past couple of years.
2.)I am thankful for my husband and my wonderful children who make me smile and fill my heart with joy.
3.)I am thankful for having such a reliable and understanding daycare that allows me to feel comfortable leaving my little Bubba so I can work.
4.)I am thankful that my husband and I both have jobs.
5.)I am thankful that our family has health care insurance to aide in our many medical expenses.
6.)I am thankful for all of the compassionate, wonderful doctors and medical staff working with Brandon.
7.)I am thankful that Brandon is recovering so well from all of his surgical procedures.
8.)I am thankful that Brandon can eat "normal" food now and was able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.

The list could go on and on, but I wanted to touch on a just a few things. I realize how fortunate I am to have all of the blessings listed above. Despite difficulties we might face day to day, many people out there have it so much worse. When I found out that Brandon was going to be born with a cleft lip I was devastated at first; but as you can see by reading this blog he is doing amazing. Many children out there, especially kids in foreign countries, do not have the luxury of having surgeries to repair their deformities. These children are often outcasts in their villages. I feel so blessed for what we have been able to provide for Brandon.
At Thanksgiving dinner this year my family; including my parents, siblings, sibling's spouses, and I, decided that instead of giving material gifts to each other this year, (with the exception of the kids) we would take the money and donate to a charity (i.e. operation smiles or smile train) to provide at least two cleft repair surgeries to kids in need. Our hope is to bless another child as we have been blessed...it's just a start, but every little bit helps.