I was born in May, 1975, with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. The doctors told my family that I wouldn't walk, talk, or live past the age 4. I had an immediate surgery to have a VP Shunt placed, which was revised and replaced when I was 12 years old . I spent many visits in the hospital from the time I was born until I was 12.
As I got older, my doctors told me that I wouldn't be able to have children or that I would have difficult pregnancies (which I had 2) and there was a possibility that I wouldn't be able to carry to full-term. And there was a possibility that my babies would also be born with a birth defect.
In July 1999, I gave birth (via c-section after 23.5 hrs in labor) to my first born and my only son. In September 2002, I gave birth (again via c-section: this time it was planned) to my youngest child and only daughter. Both of my children are very healthy (well, my son was diagnosed with asthma at age 5 but he really only has a minor attack when he gets a cold).