Noah has HIE.
Noah has cerebral palsy.
These terms aren’t used in a derogatory way or to limit him.
They are used in the same way that I would use the following:
Noah has brown hair.
Noah has hazel/brown eyes.
Noah is 23 months old.
Noah is my son.
None of those DEFINE who Noah is.
Noah is a very sweet, sensitive little boy.
His father is his best friend.
There’s a spark behind those beautiful eyes of his that reveal wisdom beyond his years.
He’s been through hell and back.
I may refer to him as having HIE, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t so much more than that.