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Unexpected Bumps, and a Community to Get Them Through

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Bushaw family

Earlier, we met the Bushaws: Expecting parents who had their expectations turned on their heads when they discovered they were awaiting mono/mono twins: a high-risk, highly rare case of identical little boys.

At Natalie’s twenty-eighth week, she was admitted to the hospital for monitoring and spent seven weeks there before the birth took place. During those long weeks in the hospital, Natalie relied on CaringBridge to be her lifeline to the outside world.

A Beautiful Birth

One of the earliest posts Natalie wrote on her CaringBridge website: “After months of anticipation, prayers and miracles, our twins have arrived! Owen Paul (tummy baby) and Logan Thomas (heart baby) made their world debuts on June 23, 2003 at 10:08 and 10:09 am. Owen arrived at 4 lbs. 8 oz., 17 in. and Logan at 4 lbs. 5 oz., 17 ½ in.”

Beautiful stats, and the boys did better than expected at birth.

But that didn’t mean there weren’t hurdles.

The boys faced heart and intestinal surgeries at just months old. There were “unexpected bumps” all along the way, Natalie remembers.

Recalling the early years, Natalie says, “There never was a stretch of time until they were closer to 7 years old where it was calm. We constantly updated our friends and families—they’d had 30 surgeries and procedures between the two of them at that point.”

And it was the community that kept them going through staph and bacterial infections, procedures and more surprises.

“During the worst of days, knowing that our community was with us – going through what we went through. That got us through those days,” Natalie says.

Room to Grow

And now the twins verge on teendom. Life still isn’t simple: Logan will require a heart transplant, for one. But the boys have goals and life dreams that shift as regularly as any other boys their age: Owen, the boy with a hypoplastic right thumb, wants to be a basketball player. Logan is a performer and wants to be a ventriloquist and create a series of YouTube videos.

Natalie shrugs, as she knows that 12-year-old boys’ dreams shift and grow as they do.

“If Ben and I can raise good boys who are good to the world and give back, we’ve done our jobs.”

Twelve years later, CaringBridge is still integral to their communication process.

“CaringBridge has been this huge core thing in our lives for 12 years and it’ll always be a part of our lives. The emotional connection that happens on CaringBridge doesn’t happen anywhere else.”

Because of You

CaringBridge supporters ensure that families like the Bushaws can continue to share their story and get strength and encouragement from their loved ones. Thank you.

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Louise Opela Jan 19, 2018 10:48am
Donation was for Dave Silva family. Please notify them
june lawrence Jan 14, 2018 10:02am
No I do not know you in any personal manner, but whether you know it or not I pray for you and your family every day. It is good to hear that they are pursuing normal dreams and my prayers are with you as they mature and get on with life.
Gloria A Colicchio Jan 12, 2018 5:57pm
I am so proud of the appreciation that you are showing in words ! I was in a New York Taxi cab car accident September 26, 1986. Some of the doctors told my parents I would die. Granted I have many things wrong with me. Losing sight in my left eye, walking with a limp, brain injured. BUT I am happy to say I am alive and functioning. It touches me beyond words that some of my money that I am giving is helping others. Gloria
Edward Vaughn Dec 13, 2017 3:28pm
So glad to hear that through the many trials and experiences, that you have been supported by many caring people. We always hear about the bad things happening in our world, but very seldom the good things. Caring Bridge is such as positive experience for everyone involved. Thanks for that. I wish you, your husband and twins the best and will pray for all. After all God is the great healer.
Dottie and Dan Korzon Dec 10, 2017 11:56am
My first encounter with Caring Bridge was for my son's best friend, a 54 year old young man with 3 children and a wife who just lost her job. Steve had an aneurysm in his brain which burst and it was touch and go for a while. He is doing well now, doesn't have all of his memory back but doing some part time work where he had been working before. Being able to keep track of his problem and semi-recovery further instilled in my that prayers do work. I'll put you and your family on my prayer list. Thank you for sharing.
Lloyd Teffeteller Dec 07, 2017 2:10pm
" If you can ?"said Jesus." Everything is possible for one who believes." Mark 9:23 .... But thanks be to God ! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 .... For no word from God will ever fail. ...Luke 1:37
Marion Coppock Nov 13, 2015 12:37pm
It has been a blessing for me as I was communicating with Merle Z re is wife Diane. I will remember it, if we ever need it. God willing we won't.