Episode 15 - Art of Grieving :: Loss of Child to Krabbe Disease : Christina Levasheff

Christina Levasheff had a beautiful and simple life with her husband, young son, and infant daughter.  When her 29 month old son, Judson, began to show some atypical physical symptoms, Christina and her husband began the process of seeking medical attention to discover what was going on.  After some incorrect diagnoses, Judson was ultimately diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy Disease, a genetic disease that destroys the white matter in the brain.  In just five months, the Levasheffs watched their bright and active two year old lose vision, speech, and all body movements to eventual death.  Throughout the short but intense suffering, Judson retained his mental functioning and joy.  As with all the stories told through Tears of Gold, this is a story of suffering and heartache, but it is also a story of how God met Christina in her pain.  It is a story of how the compassionate Lord gathered her in His arms and comforted her in ways only the good Father can.  And how God has taken that pain and transformed it into a ministry of hope to walk alongside others in their pain.  Christina and her husband, Drake, and their daughter, Jessie use Judson's Legacy to bless the children and families walking a similar journey they did.  I pray you'll be blessed as you hear Christina's sharing in this episode.

Books mentioned during episode:

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff

Streams in the Desert by L.B.E. Cowman

Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon 

There Is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to the People You Love by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

The book Christina wrote about her loss:

Eyes that See: Judson's Story of Hope in Suffering by Christina Levasheff

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