At Infant Crisis Services, our mission is to help babies and toddlers in times of crisis. That crisis may be poverty, a job loss, a medical diagnosis, or even a tornado. Occasionally, we meet a family who is facing many crises that bring them to us. That is how we met Bentley.
Bentley is a 19-month-old boy with a lot of energy and a big smile. Seeing his face light up in innocent glee is absolutely amazing considering everything this little tot's family is facing.
Bentley came into Infant Crisis Services with his father, Justin. Bentley's mom, unfortunately couldn't come that day. In fact, she couldn't leave her room or even hold her son due to high levels of radiation in her body. At 32 years old, Bentley's mom was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer.
"Six months ago, my son came home from Mommy's Day Out and kept pushing on her neck," Justin explained. "Later, she was looking in the mirror and found a lump in her neck. My wife went to the doctor and they said it was probably just a mass, so we didn't think it was anything to worry about. A few days later, they called and said the test results came back, and it was cancer."
Shortly after his wife went on medical leave from her job, Justin, who worked in oilfield sales, had a accident and hurt his back, and also had to take a medical leave of absence. During the past six months, the family has gone from making a good income to making next to nothing.
Despite all they're going through, both Bentley and his father were in great spirits. Justin said that is something he's learned from his wife.
"She's been a soldier. She's fought through and been a good mommy," he explained, "She's still smiling."
Posted on Wed, November 13, 2013
by Melissa Smuzynski filed under