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Link: The Joy in Sorrow: There is a certain comfort in finally receiving a diagnosis.

Standing in the small room, we waited for the doctor. I couldn’t tell you how many times we had repeated this scene over the past 16 years, and each time was the same. The doctor would measure our son’s head circumference, check his reflexes and tone, see if he responded to various stimuli, and then ask about his behavior and whether he’d had any seizures lately.

After 16 years of life with a profoundly disabled child and no diagnosis to explain his myriad of symptoms, a mother finally receives a diagnosis. While the circumstances may vary widely for many of us, many people around the world face many years of diagnostic testing without answers. There can be a sense of relief, of comfort, in finally having a diagnosis.

The full text can be found at Neurology Now in the December/January 2014 issue.

 

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