About my family

My name is Stacey Hiltman and this has been my attempt to write a blog about my son,  however, it has taken me in directions that affect the whole family.

I have been married to my husband, Jay for over 16 years.  He is my best friend and we have learned to tackle life together.  I could not do anything without him and his support.  He is an amazing man with a gentle spirit.  He always lets me research and repeat all the details without ever sounding annoyed:)  He is a fantastic father and I am so lucky that he chose me.

We have a beautiful 14 year old daughter Madison.  She is the light of my life.  She is truly my angel and helps me in ways that I never knew a child could.  She is wise beyond her years and has a heart of gold.  She suffers from Tourette’s syndrome.  It is anxiety driven, so when she gets upset or stressed out her “tics” become more pronounced, but she has a pretty good handle on it.  She is kind and loving and has the most gentle heart of anyone child I know.

We also have an amazing son Nathan who is 12.  Nathan has many special needs. Over a 6 1/2 year period, he was diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Integration Disorder, ADHD and Optic Atrophy.  In two years he went from 20/40 in his eyes to 20/400.  He is considered light perception only and is legally blind and considered disabled for the rest of his life. The Optic Atrophy diagnosis is what led us to genetic testing.  After 4 rounds of testing and years later he was diagnosed with Juvenile Batten disease on June 10, 2015.  This blog started to chronicle the journey of what we have dealt with the last 6 1/2 years of his life and for me to put into words how we have been feeling.  It has also been a way for our family to check in on his progress.  He is the most amazing little boy who surprises me everyday.

I hope that you enjoy reading this and that you might check back often to hear how our family is doing.  My original goal was to have people send us a postcard so that we could create a visual wall of places for my son to “see”.

4 responses to “About my family

  1. Stacey, I have a postcard of boats docked at a harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia and also one of the giant redwoods, Sequoias in Calif. You are welcome to them if you want me to send them to you. Jay can FB message me your address and I’ll be happy to share them with Nathan. They’re nothing in comparison to what you’ve received worldwide, but they’re pretty.

    • We would love them if you would like to send them. Unfortunately your name does not come up but it sounds like you are friends with Jay. If you want to message him he can provide you our address. Thank you so much.

  2. Stacey I was watching the news here in Toronto, Canada and saw the story of your son. I have travelled to many places in the world and when other people I know have been on vacations they have brought me postcards from places they visit. I have a kidney disease and can no longer afford insurance to travel and looking at the postcards only makes me sad. I thought perhaps your family and son could find happiness in them. I have been to Africa, England, Germany, Portugal. I have others from places like Malta as well. I also have stories and descriptions of my adventures and I would be happy to send them too.

  3. Stacey,
    Have you checked out Postcrossing.com? People send each other postcards from around the world. I joined because I love getting real mail from far away places. You should check into it!

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