Sometimes, you just have to take a drive. You need to get in the car, roll the windows down, and hit the open road with no destination in mind. Sometimes, you want to take the long way home, pushing your way up over the hills and coasting through the valleys, and feeling grateful for the journey.
And sometimes, you want to take a shortcut – doing anything you can to cut to the chase and just be home.
Three years ago, Jennifer Rios was anxiously awaiting genetic test results on her toddler son’s condition. In the early days after his birth and the nearly two years that followed, she had noticed red flags and concerning symptoms that doctors couldn’t name. She didn’t know it yet, but she was on the long road home. Physicians mentioned phrases like “hypertonia,” “developmental delay,” “feeding difficulties,” and “poor or absent speech.”