Westley has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.



It has been nearly 9 months since Westley’s diagnosis (September 2010) and yet it seems years have gone by. Maybe because we have accomplished so much in the last 9 months and yet our GPS is still reading “RECALCULATING”. After the initial shock and heartbreak had worn off a bit Dallas and I started talking about when we would find our “new normal”; when would the GPS finally show the directions for our new destination? It seemed every breath; every activity of every day was all related to Muscular Dystrophy. Months had gone by but this way of life didn’t seem to be passing.  All the doctor’s appointments and educating family, friends and school was overwhelming. We are blazing a trail and we thank God that the folks who surround us want to be educated and help in any way they can.  After 9 months I can honestly say I am still overwhelmed with all that needs to be done to maneuver down this road but I have found a way to cope with a smile on my face. We are truly a blessed family and muscular dystrophy has not altered that. We never expected our path to change in life so abruptly but we have come to realize that the path might be slightly different but the scenery is still the same. The GPS is still reading “Recalculating” but I can see progress… 50%, 60%, 70%…..  Our GPS wouldn’t be so far ahead if it weren’t for all the amazing doctors, nurses, MDA staff, co-workers, family and friends that have stepped forward to help and pray. We are honored and proud to be able to say that the Groseclose family truly knows the best people this world has to offer.

Time, hard work, education and prayer keep us moving forward. For now this “new normal” is ok with us; we are happy to have 2 amazing little boys who take life and all it throws at them with dignity and a strength that amazing even me.

God Speed,


 “We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.”

6 Responses

  1. susan

    jessica – you are such a strong woman. you rely on dallas, your sons, your family, and the Lord. He is our refuge and our strength. Keep looking up ! Susan and Mickey

    May 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

  2. Bethany Lee

    You guys really are an amazing family!! Don’t lose your faith and your hope and we will continue to pray!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

  3. Noell

    You are an amazing family!! Thank you for taking the time to educate us so that we can understand more and help more. As always little Wesley and his family are in my prayers.

    May 24, 2011 at 8:04 am

  4. Mike Ford

    Wow ! You and your family are proof that ” GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME ” !

    May 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  5. Nancy

    Jess – I agree with everyone! You are truely a strong woman and mother! The positive outlook and smile on your face is what is necessary to keep your family strong! However, you need to take care of yourself too! Love you! Miss you!

    P.S. Tomatoes and cucumbers are on their way!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  6. Mira

    This is a beautiful post. I love the “recalculating” analogy, and also the notion of getting to a “new normal”. So true for any family who has had to go through a major, unexpected change. Thinking of you and your family of warriors!

    May 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm