Sep 24, 2015
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Jul 11, 2015
For those of you who have not seen what Scleroderma looks like, here is a shot of Jase's stomach. Before the attack he had two small areas on his stomach that were dark, about the size of a golf ball. The last time we went to the doctor, when he was around 12 years old, the doctor said that he felt that Jase was in remission and hoped that he would not have to deal with chemo treatments ever again, but I was to keep a close eye on his affected areas to watch for any new growth or changes in them. Now after the boys stomped him on the head, arms, side, back, shoulders, stomach and legs - this is what his Scleroderma looks like today - but this is only a pic of the stomach area, there is much more growth on his arms, back, legs, etc., and it is growing at an alarming rate.
To make things worse, I seem to be having trouble finding a dermatologist and a rheumatologist to see him. The doctor we used to see moved to Seattle and is no longer available. I called a rheumatoid clinic first and they said to take him to dermatology clinic...so I called a dermatology clinic and they said to take him to rheumatology clinic first then they would determine if he needed to also see a dermatologist. So I then called a different rheumatology clinic and they said they wouldn't see him because he was under the age of 18, but that I needed to take him to his pediatric doctor first and then they would refer him to a rheumatologist. We saw the pediatric doctor and they said they would set us up with a rheumatologist and to expect a call. That was over a week ago. I received a letter in the mail from the pediatric clinic that had the name of the rheumatology clinic they were referring us to, and the letter stated that if we did not receive a call from them within a week to call the clinic and make an appointment ourselves. It just so happens that the clinic they referred us to was the one clinic I had already called and got the run around that said they wouldn't see him because he wasn't 18 yet. SO NOW WHAT DO I DO??? (No, seriously, I am begging for an idea from anyone on what to do at this point because I am at a loss.)
Jul 2, 2015
My son, Jase, is an amazing young man with a heart of gold. His compassion for people, both in his life and those he does not even know, makes me so proud of him and such a blessing to everyone. When he was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Scleroderma. But even with this incurable and possibly deadly disease, he has never felt sorry for himself or allowed it to make him angry about his situation or allowed it get him down, even when he had to be excluded from playing his favorite sport, football.
Another issue, besides the two busted out teeth from the attack, Jase was not born with perfectly straight teeth and has needed braces for years, but with his disease I have always been in fear of scar tissue appearing on his face. Every dentist I have discussed my concerns about this has basically shrugged it off as if it were no big deal. NO BIG DEAL?! I can't fault the dentists though, this disease is not in their expertise and they do not understand the seriousness of when these scars appear, they become aggressive and non stop. My next idea to fix what should be a beautiful smile added to his handsome face, is to do crowns on all his front teeth. I had to do the same with my smile, so I think I will try to talk with a dentist about this option this month.
I also had heard that there is an unwritten rule that teachers are not supposed to jump in when there is a fight to try and stop the fight. I've been told that they are to wait until the fight is over and then try to catch whoever was involved before they run off. So my son was beaten in front of adults that basically did nothing. Now I can understand that if a teacher is small and is witness to a fight amongst large high school boys that there is no way she or he should try to intervene, but I know for a fact that the Vice Principal inside this office was a coach on one of the sport teams in Owasso schools. Also there was supposed to be an officer on duty during lunch hours, but from what I have heard and witnessed, he never seems to be there.
The Principal informed me that they had caught the 2 that were the main culprits in what happened, and that they intended to make an example of them since it was the beginning of the school year and they wanted to deter this behavior for the school year. I was pleased to hear this but my main concern at the moment was getting my son to the hospital to be checked out, but they said I could not leave until the police showed up so I could, if I chose to, file charges against the boys. I found out that the school has a police officer that is supposed to be there to patrol campus, but he was gone at the moment. (I later found out that this police officer is not at the school on a regular basis and I personally have hardly seen his vehicle in the parking lot.) The administrators in the office seemed very helpful during the time I was there, but they refused to let me see the video because THEY HAD TO PROTECT THE OFFENDING JUVENILES PRIVACY. This made me extremely angry, but the law trumps a mad mother’s right as well as my son’s rights. Honestly, I probably would not have been able to watch my son being attacked so looking at the video would have been very difficult at the time, but now I would give anything to see it.
When the other mother arrived, she was also upset by the condition of her son. She also did not understand why she couldn’t see the video.
THE POLICE OFFICER FINALLY ARRIVED - which was more than an hour after the assault happened; he explained our options for filing charges and made promises that our sons would NOT be targeted for retaliation for doing the right thing. Both our sons were reluctant, but the officer was adamant that we NEEDED to press charges because he wanted to “SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL that there was a no tolerance rule and anyone assaulting a student would be dealt with to the maximum amount of punishment”. After a bit of persuasion we both filed charges. The other mother and I had to face one of the boys and verbally tell him we were filing assault charges against him. (Why we didn’t have to do this to the other boy(s), I have no idea.) My son was quiet during all of this which still worried me because he usually is very friendly and outgoing, so I knew something was not right with him at the moment but he refused to answer me when I quietly asked if he was okay.
Upon returning to school, Jase was targeted almost as soon as he walked in the doors that morning. In the hallways he was told that he was going to be “jumped” again, that he was to “watch his back” in between classes. During lunch the thug group of boys sat down at Jase's same table and they made snide threatening remarks towards him, as well as the other boy that was attacked. The vice principal was witness to this verbal abuse and stepped in to shut the boys up, but regardless Jase was verbally attacked the rest of the day and each day after that, especially by one particular boy who I will call “Marcus”.
Then I suggested that maybe I needed to pull my son from school and do online school. The vice principal agreed that was a good idea. This made me angry…that the thugs could get away with bullying and I had no power to protect my son and the school was unwilling to protect him. The principal never spoke to me after that day in her office when the attack happened. After three weeks of torment, I finally pulled my son out of school and began online school. A few months later I heard that “Marcus” (one of the thugs that taunted my son daily) had been suspended from school for physically and verbally attacking a teacher.
Through all of this, I have been asked several times why we don't have some of Jase's many friends just "take care of these boys". We have had many offers from the football team, soccer team, baseball team, wrestling team, but we adamantly tell everyone NOT to do anything. We tell them "two wrongs do not make a right"; and as much as I would LOVE for these boys to get a large dose of what they had put my son through as well as the other boy they attacked, what would happen then? The only thing this would accomplish is more people getting into trouble and ruining their chance for future college scholarships. So in my opinion, these thug kids, that cause all this to begin with, are not worth ruining any good kids chance at having a successful adult life.
After paying half of the retainer, we waited a month and still no word. At the end of the months’ time he had predicted to know something we called the lawyer and asked if there was any news about our case. He stated that he was still working on the case but he needed the second half of the retainer paid before he could proceed, but he felt he was close to having some good news for us. Reluctantly we paid the remainder of the retainer, and then we waited for some news…ANY NEWS. A week after paying the 2nd retainer I was perusing my Facebook page when I noticed the lawyer posting pictures of his VERY GRAND Disney World Christmas vacation with his whole family! Now I am not saying that it was exactly MY money that I sent to him that paid for his family vacation, but I could not help but be upset and I cried knowing that because of the money we paid to this attorney and investigator, my family was not going to be able to have a good Christmas last year at all. We had maxed out our cards to pay for the lawyer and investigator services. Not only that, this money we paid could have went towards paying to have Jase's teeth repaired and his treatments started, but we were promised that we would have a more than "a good chance" to be able to take care of all of his needs after this attack at school.
Jase is such a kind hearted kid and for this atrocious act to be done to him is so unfair. We hug him each and every day and feel so blessed to have such a great son. He refuses to go back to the school where it all happened so he will continue with online school and working at Best Buy. This year he hopes to not only do online high school work, but start online college work. He is so open about his disease and wants to become a spokesperson for the Scleroderma Foundation. I hope by the end of the year we can help him achieve that goal.
We have decided to start a Go Fund Me site to help pay for medical and dental bills. I am posting this on Twitter: I'm raising money for Scleroderma health care/dental care. Click to Donate: http://gofund.me/yfjepw?pc=tw_cr_n via @gofundme
Apr 23, 2015
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Feb 3, 2015
Not only has our business suffered, so has our family. Our son was attacked at school by 3 boys. This incident sent him to the hospital and has put us on alert because our son has a disease called scleroderma, which has no cure. This disease causes his skin to turn to scar tissue when he gets hurt. My son had injuries to his body and head, two teeth knocked out and he had several stitches on his mouth where his teeth went thru his lip. Needless to say, we are watching his skin for signs that his disease is spreading to his face. Currently he has areas on his right side that have been affected by the disease.
Anyway...back to my web gem. In my car I have Sirius XM radio which I listen to most days. I have a need for news and knowledge so my radio mostly stays on news or talk radio. BUT one day I was having a more than usual difficult day after learning some bad news about my son and about the business that morning, so I began searching channels for something different....something calming. First I stopped the radio on classical music, and usually I love classical, but I wasn't satisfied with that choice. Next I tried some 80's hair metal...nope! Then by chance I landed on Joel Osteen's new Sirius station and oddly enough it was exactly what I needed. I WAS HOOKED within the first 30 minutes. So once I got to the office I had to search for Joel's website in hopes that I could hear more. I was happy to find out that on his website you can listen to his many, many sermons rich with positive messages that are so uplifting that now I have to listen to them while I work each day. I have not been very religious thru the years, and if I'm totally honest I confess I don't go to church as often as I should.
So if you are curious if this wonderful man, Joel Osteen, can lift you up when you are having a bad day...I highly recommend you go to www.joelosteen.com and let his messages change your life.