By Tina Michelle Cameron
I am a proud mom of two sons. I love them both the same—to the moon and back. We have all said this to each other since they were little. My oldest is named Corey Stephen Cameron. He just turned 28 on March 11. The day I found out I was pregnant with him was one of the happiest days of my lives. I was not expecting it, and it came as a complete surprise. I found out at my first gyn appointment. I thought the lab tech was congratulating someone else, but she was talking to me! I was 8 ½ weeks along that day. I knew from then on that I had to know as soon as I could what the sex of the baby was. His nursery was done in teddy bears. The timing was not the best as I was in the middle of LPN school, and his due date was the day after graduation. Well, I made it through school and then three weeks after that! I was miserable. He was born as an emergency C-section and was the biggest baby born at Baptist Medical Center that week and made the news in The State paper. He was beautiful and perfect. I remember that day like it was yesterday.
Fast forward to age nine: he was a very active boy and took Karate two nights a week and taught Karate classes two nights a week. One evening, he was kicked (accidentally in the head) and this injury led to a life-changing diagnosis—not just for him, but my entire family of three (I was divorced by then). He was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3, which is a rare connective tissue disorder. It causes easy bruising, bleeding, and joint dislocations. He was forced to stop Karate, became home-bound from school for 8 months, and could not do any contact sports. It took many months of physical therapy and numerous doctors to get him stable. He is now doing well, but the disease has no cure.
Corey is a very intelligent, fun-loving, and sweet young man who knows no stranger. He
attended Dutch Fork High School and then graduated from The University of Alabama on May 2, 2015 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has been working at Mercedes-Benz in Ladson, South Carolina as a project manager since 2016. He gets to travel the world with his job—lucky boy. He is passionate about working out, eating healthy, traveling the world, and his motorcycle. Corey shares a home in Charleston with two of his best friends, Elliot and Colton. He is also dating a sweet girl named Acacia. I am so proud of the young man he has grown into. I am glad to have him back in South Carolina and closer to home, but I do not get to see him as much as I want. Corey, I love you to the moon and back!