Marissa Christenson

Marissa's Barefoot Story

I joined Barefoot Books in October of 2016. At the time, I was a stay-at-home-mom to my three sons: Atticus and Damien (twins, 4.5) and their younger brother, Everett (2.5). Atticus was born with a rare chromosomal disorder: he was missing parts of Chromosomes 2 and 16. As a result, he had complex medical and special needs, so I was unable to work outside the home. Nevertheless, we were a happy family and all of my children were thriving. Atticus was loving preschool and had learned to walk all by himself over the summer, Damien was getting pretty good at French thanks to attending a dual immersion preschool, and Everett was a gleeful bundle of energy. Our 2016 holiday season was as perfect as it could be.

Then, suddenly and unexpectedly on January 5th, 2017, just three weeks shy of his 5th birthday, my amazing Atticus went into adrenal crisis. His heart was restarted 5 times before the hospital told us they would make no more attempts. Two hours later, he died, in my arms. My world died with him.


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