Happy 5th Birthday to Carson!
Carson will be turning 5 years old on May 11th. In keeping with our birthday tradition, we would love for you to help us celebrate our superhero by making a donation to the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation. It is with your support that we have raised a total of $2,685 for VBF during the last three years as we've celebrated Carson's birthday. VBF has designated a "Day of Awareness" on May 15th which coincides beautifully with Carson's birthday and our strong desire to educate others about birthmarks and treatment. VBF does so many wonderful things around the world for families like ours and we are excited to pay it forward. There is so much beauty in how we've all changed because of Carson's story. He is one sweet little boy changing our world a little bit at a time.
It is hard to believe that birthday number FIVE is on the horizon for our littlest one, Carson. It seems like just yesterday that my pregnant belly was stretched out as we anxiously awaited for the arrival of the baby who would complete our family. That tiny baby boy is now registered to start kindergarten at the end of summer! Carson loves sports, super heroes, books, and Christian music. He loves to tell jokes, many of them with intricate plot lines. He has an imaginary friend named "Kopey" who plays sports and sleeps in a hammock in his room. Carson always finds joy in the little things.
Carson also happens to have a Port Wine Stain birthmark on the right side of his face. It doesn't define who he is, but it has definitely shaped his life differently. Carson has undergone 27 laser treatments already in an effort to keep his birthmark healthy and maintain the progress that has been made. He is brave and resilient. He continues to embrace treatment and he has made a few friends at the clinic. He currently goes for laser treatment every 3-4 months. He will always have a need to go for laser treatment, as these birthmarks remain for life. Left untreated, the birthmark darkens in color and the texture of the skin can change. There are often physical and psychological complications.
To our church, family, and friends... we thank you for your support, prayers, and love as we have navigated this journey with Carson. Our hearts are also filled with gratitude and love for Dr. Nelson and the staff at Beckman Laser Institute. Thank you for always taking such great care of our son.