Celebrating difference: Meghan King says she was 'relieved' by son's Cerebral Palsy diagnosis

Meghan King with her sons, Hart and Hayes.
Meghan King with her sons, Hart and Hayes. Photo: Instagram

The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Meghan King announced her two-and-a-half-year-old son Hart has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

In a video posted on Instagram, King opened up about the diagnosis, adding that his specific diagnosis is Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy, describing it as "his muscles being loose or floppy".

"Typically, kids are diagnosed after age two," the reality star explained. "Because CP is an observational diagnosis, and a child needs to be of the age and physical aptitude to be able to possess the skills that they are lacking or delayed in to receive the CP diagnosis." 

The mother-of-three continued saying her little boy was diagnosed with Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL), just over a year ago, and that PVL is "often a precursor to Cerebral Palsy." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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King admitted that receiving the initial diagnosis was difficult to hear, saying it's always hard to learn there's something "abnormal" about your child.

"With this label he's officially known as a kid with a disability," King said to camera. "And that can be very heavy."

The 36-year-old admitted "deep down" she always knew Hart had Cerebral Palsy , and it was a relief to have a name for it.

In the caption for the video, King said they found out Hart's diagnosis the day before world Cerebral Palsy day, which encouraged her to share her experience.

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"Something I've learned is that a diagnosis isn't limiting, people are," she wrote in the caption. "We are all born beautiful and perfect and then we learn we are too fat, too short, too ugly, too inept, too… everything."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s the hand holding for me 🥺❤️

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"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," she concluded the post. "So today we CELEBRATE World Cerebral Palsy Day."

King is also mother to Hart's twin brother Hayes and older sister Aspen, almost four, whom she shares with estranged husband Jim Edmonds.