I’m Joseph. Just your average 18 year old single teen dad. I was born in Brazil, and my family and I came to the United States when I was 4 years old. I was raised in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, CA. I suffer from depression and a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. My parents died when I was young and I was put in foster care in Hollywood, CA until I turned 18. Once I was 18, I bought a house in Hollywood and that was where I lived until Lucas came into my life.
Who’s Lucas? Lucas is my terrific two year old. Yes, if you do the math, that means that he was born when I was 16. However, I had no idea. His Mom and I split up after a few weeks, and I never saw her again until that last week of March 2012.
That week in March, Lucas and his Mom showed up at my doorstep. His Mom told me that Lucas was my son, and that I have to take care of him now. I didn’t believe her at first so I ran a paternity test. She stayed at my house until the results came back and during that time, I bonded with Lucas and noticed similarities between us. Once the results came back, she left Lucas and I. I haven’t seen her since then. After his Mom left, I decided that it was better to raise Lucas in a smaller, less polluted, and more crime-free area than Hollywood. We then bought another house in San Clemente, California. It is amazing here.
And Lucas, the star of this blog, was born on February 17th. He is a happy-go-lucky toddler who doesn’t let anything get in his way. He too suffers from Epilepsy, although it is nowhere near as severe as mine. He also has sensorineural hearing loss in one ear and developmental delays, but he is improving day by day thanks to physical therapy and speech/language therapy. He is intrigued by trains, planes, and puppies. He is on a special diet known as the ketogenic diet which controls his seizures. It is very strict and everyday he screams or cookies and sweets which he can’t have. He loves to swim and he is currently learning to skateboard. (right now he just sits on it and I push him down the hills) His best friends are Crosby and Leighton. He fancies his cousin Finn and just loves to play ball.
This blog is for me to track Luka’s growth, development, health, and childhood. Feel free to read and follow!