Frank suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident when he was 18 years old, resulting in paralysis on the right side of his body. By 2009, Frank had completed his post-secondary degree in social work, built his career, gotten married, and was ready to begin a new phase of life: parenthood.
In the months leading up to the birth of their first child, Frank and his wife, Mary, went for standard health pre-screenings and read parenting books to prepare themselves for what’s to come. And, finally, on May 24, 2011, their first son, Jack, was born.
Frank recognizes that very soon, Jack will be old enough to realize his father has a disability. Recounting his own experience as a kid, Frank understands that Jack “will inevitably regret that his father maybe can’t do things his friends’ fathers do.” But Frank also knows that he can do much more for his son. Frank can play with Jack, take care of him, read to him, and teach him, to say the least. Most importantly, Frank will be there for Jack.
He also knows that Jack will eventually grow up to be a better person by gaining lessons from his father’s disability. Jack will become more understanding, empathetic, appreciative, and loving.
“I’ve realized that the most important and greatest part that I can and will play in Jack’s life is – in one word – love.”
Frank dedicates all his love to his child, and in the future, he hopes his child will spread this love to everyone around him. And that is the true devotion of a father.
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