Bloom – a Column by Prudence Jones

Prudence is a caregiver and loving mother to her two-year-old son, Alfie, who is affected with LAMA2-related muscular dystrophy. Prudence is married to Alfie’s dad, Rylan, and they all live together in Tamworth, NSW, Australia. Before Prudence became a mum she was a primary school teacher, but since Alfie’s diagnosis she has been immersing herself in trying to learn as much as she possibly can about LAMA2, raising awareness and educating others on what parenting a child with muscular dystrophy entails.

What I’ve Learned Since My Son’s LAMA2 MD Diagnosis

On Oct. 21, 2019, I sat in a doctor’s office with my 11-month-old son, Alfie, and was handed a piece of paper. Nothing was said, nothing was explained — I was just given the paper. This piece of paper included words such as “severe,” “deformities,” “insufficient,” “seizures,” “inability to…