Welcome to our site about our son Brodie Dick who will join our family on August 8, 2011 at 8:00. At 22 weeks we went in to find out if we were having a boy or a girl and we found out that we were having a boy but that he may have a birth defect. After an agonizing week we found out that our son had CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia). CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing the abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. CDH occurs in 1 of every 2500 births and a baby with CDH is born every 10 minutes. 50% of babies diagnosed with CDH do not survive. The cause is not known. This will be a journal of our journey and will allow our family and friends to keep up to date on what is happening with us and our son Brodie. Thanks for your prayers and support!

Saturday, January 17, 2015


It has been a long time since we posted anything and this will probably be one of the last posts.  Brodie has been doing great and we are finally back to our "normal" lives that we had before he was born.  LaVona is back to work and Brodie now goes to day care.  Bradie started kindergarten this year and he loves it.  Brodie has a very strong personality and always keeps us on our toes.  He no longer has any therapy or nursing and if you didn't know his story you wouldn't know that anything was ever wrong with him.  He still has his g button that we give him milk through but that is just so that we can get him extra calories so that he will grow like the doctors want him to.  He does eat but he is not all that interested in it.  Brodie has more energy than any kid I have ever met.  He is constantly going and does not like to stay in one spot for any period of time.  He is potty trained and seems to be right in line developmentally with kids his age. The one issue that we have is that he still does not sleep through the night and wakes up screaming at least a few times each night which causes us to never get the sleep we need.  With that said he has truly been a blessing and has brought so much joy to our lives.  We are so thankful for everyone that has helped us get to this point.  Brodie truly is an example of the power of prayer.  Thanks again for all that each of you has done for us!  Todd, LaVona, Bradie & Brodie