Meghan King has penned an emotional post about her son's cerebral palsy, saying his daily struggles break her "heart into a million pieces" every day.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star recounted one simple incident that highlights three-year-old Hart's daily struggles in the heartfelt Instagram post.
She said her other children, Hayes, Hart's twin, and Aspen, their four-year-old older sister, wanted to run "as fast as they can" inside after getting out of the car.
"Hart started crying. He said he can't run as fast as them… and he can't. Not because of his genetics but because of his Cerebral Palsy," said King.
"You might think he looks and acts "normal" (we say "typical") but he's not. He has a hidden disability that affects every part of his life - and mine. And now he knows this and so do his siblings.
"It breaks my heart into a million pieces. This post isn't for sympathy - no special needs parent wants sympathy - it's for awareness. Sometimes we don't know our neighbour's full story, so let's dig deeper for an extra ounce of empathy," she wrote.
Hart was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in October last year, which King announced in a video posted to Instagram.
She admitted that receiving the initial diagnosis was difficult, saying it's always hard to learn there's something "abnormal" about your child. But she revealed she was also relieved to finally have a name for his condition.
"Something I've learned is that a diagnosis isn't limiting, people are," she wrote in the caption of the video.
"We place others in boxes dependent on their labels and we unconsciously allow ourselves to live within those boxes: woman, college graduate, high-school dropout, professional athlete, Cerebral Palsy.
"I am choosing to celebrate what makes Hart different and raise my children with the encouragement to live their lives out loud and to never let their differences limit or define them."