Everything is set. You met and married the love of your life. You both have great jobs, and your finances are in order. You may even have purchased a home together, or maybe you and your spouse have been together for a few years and have just settled into your forever home.
Everything is falling into place just as you dreamed, so you cannot be happier to find out you are expecting a child. It might be your first child, or it might be your third. You and your spouse just know you cannot wait to meet your bundle of joy.
What happens when life takes an unexpected turn?
Your child’s diagnosis might come during one of your prenatal visits with the obstetrician. It might come just after birth, or it might not come until years later. It might be that your child suffers a traumatic injury as a toddler or during the school years. Whenever you first hear your child’s diagnosis, it is devastating.
In that instant, your world changes. In that first moment and into the early days or months of your child’s diagnosis, your focus is on your child’s health, finding all the right people to take care of him or her, and adapting to the changes.
You likely are not thinking immediately about how your child will be taken care of 10, 20, 50, or even 5 years from now. As your life settles into its new normal, though, planning for your child is one of the most important things you can do.