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Losing a Child: Always Andy's Mom

As a pediatrician, married mom of three biological children and one foster son, my life was busy, rushing off to my office four days a week, seeing patients for three and working as a medical director of a local physician organization for one. I balanced this with rushing off to shuttle my kids to after sports and other after school activities. All of this changed one day in August of 2018 when my 14 year old son, Andy, was killed in a car accident. I felt like my life was over, and in some ways it was over, and a new life was forced to begin in its place. 

Grief is seldom discussed openly in our culture, and the death of a child makes people feel even more uncomfortable. On this blog and podcast, ‘Losing a Child: Always Andy’s Mom’, the topic is approached openly and honestly, speaking to people who have lost loved ones and experts who help care for them. Whether you are a parent experiencing loss or someone who wants to support another going through this tragedy, this blog and podcast strives to offer hope and help.

May 20, 2021

Easton's Mom, Alexandria, says that her young son, Easton saved her life not once, but twice. Theirs is a beautiful love story not unlike many mother-son love stories, but this one taught the mother even more than it did the son. It taught her what true unconditional love was like and helped her realize that she was worthy of both giving and receiving this type of deep love.

Easton lived only 4 1/2 short months and those months were filled with multiple diagnoses, hospital stays and surgeries. These months, however, were also filled with laughter and moments of pure joy. Alexandria grew emotionally during those times as well and eventually found the courage to leave her toxic marriage. The strength that she learned from her little Easton gave her the courage to start a new life.

Now, seven years later, Alexandria is in a happy place, remembering happy memories of Easton more than the hard ones. She is engaged to be married and now feels ready to start a new life with a loving husband who adores her. She says she is ready to have children again and teach them all about their amazing big brother, Easton.