Harvey has had the percentages stacked in opposition to him all of his life. But he hasn’t simply overwhelmed them, he’s smashed them – identical to half of the furnishings in the home.
Who would have thought it? My little boy, who was informed he wouldn’t be capable of stroll or discuss, is now 19 and can do each – and the whole lot in between.
Harvey is now at his new residential school, National Star in Cheltenham, Glos. It’s so removed from my dwelling in Horsham, West Sussex. But I’ve received to let him have one of the best shot at life.
I’ve seen an enormous change in him after we FaceTime each day. I’m crammed with a lot satisfaction. But it’s additionally very draining to know that Harvey is 4 hours away and I can’t get in a automotive.
I can’t stand the considered Harvey sitting there and questioning why he isn’t seeing me as typically. Even if I’m busy, I’ve promised myself I will make the time to journey to see him it doesn’t matter what. But it’s troublesome as a result of I don’t have my driving licence. It’s actually began to have an effect on me.
Now he’s there, I can think about it may very well be really easy to say, ‘I don’t must see him’. But I don’t need that to ever occur. I’ve been answerable for him all his life, and now it feels bizarre to have this freedom.
I’m like, ‘It’s 2pm, I want to present him his medicine’. And then I suppose, ‘Oh, Harvey isn’t right here’. It’s a wierd feeling and it’s going to take some getting used to. But if one thing dramatic occurs in my life, and let’s be trustworthy, that’s a typical incidence, at the very least I don’t should be considering, ‘Who’s going to take care of Harvey?’ It’s a large weight off my shoulders.
I feel like now, for the primary time, I can breathe. And regardless that I do, I shouldn’t feel responsible for that.
Of course, I will battle for Harvey and protect him for the remainder of my life.
We reside in a really merciless world. It’s arduous to show Harvey that.
He’s so harmless, it breaks my coronary heart that anybody would wish to harm him. But we’ve endured loads collectively.
The first kidnap menace was when Harvey was 4, the final, a number of years in the past. The police had intel a gang was planning to pressure me off the highway and seize Harvey for a £1million ransom. They had been watching us and knew Harvey’s college. It was totally terrifying.
The second menace, Scotland Yard stated a gang have been planning to stage a automotive accident, to seize Harvey. One time I was despatched an nameless electronic mail threatening to kidnap him and slash his face if I didn’t pay £50,000.
Criminals goal Harvey as a result of they know the way susceptible he’s. Harvey wants his medicine to outlive. He wouldn’t be simple to kidnap now as a result of he’s so large… but feeling unsafe in your personal house is terrible. I nonetheless have that feeling of wanting over my shoulder – I don’t suppose that can ever go away.
Then there’s the net abuse. We’re campaigning for Harvey’s Law, so trolls can be prosecuted, and, in 2016, went on Loose Women to debate it. Backstage, I stated: ‘Harvey, no swearing today please’.
‘Yes, Mummy,’ he replied.
But on air, it was a distinct story. I requested him, ‘Harvey, if someone says something horrible. What do you say?’. His response was, ‘Hello, you c***’. I was mortified! Some would possibly argue that his reply was fairly correct. But I felt so unhealthy that he had dropped the C-bomb on reside tv.
Yet cricketer Ben Stokes then publicly mocks Harvey’s TV look in a Snapchat video. He’s a dad himself so ought to know higher. He’s lately gone via his personal psychological well being struggles, which is unhappy, but he prompted us a whole lot of harm too.
Harvey’s additionally been made into derogatory memes about intercourse. Who the hell makes use of a younger, disabled individual’s image to make a joke about intercourse?
It’s disgusting: Convicted paedophiles are on a register – trolls ought to go on a register too, everybody ought to know what sort of individuals they’re. Why would anybody wish to make use of a bully, as an illustration?
Harvey has complicated circumstances together with autism, Prader-Willi syndrome, and the psychological age of a seven-year-old. He lives in his personal world, and should you don’t know his world and don’t say what he needs you to say, then God enable you.
When he was youthful, Harvey would typically hit his siblings. I may by no means depart him alone with them in case he lashed out. Of course he would by no means imply to harm them.
We always have to complete off his sentences. ‘Oh my…’ Harvey says, and we’ve to say, ‘God’. Or he’ll get mad. Even having pets isn’t simple. We’ve always had canine, but he hates them. If they’re barking, he’ll shout, ‘Shut the f*** up!’ I do fear he would possibly choose the canine up and attempt to throw it.
Yet he’s additionally a giant softie. He loves me tickling his stomach, knees, elbows and below his chin. And he’s nice at drawing, particularly frogs. He amazes me each day. He was so proud to see himself nominated for our current documentary on the National Television Awards.
It additionally amazes me that Harvey can see after we have been informed he was blind at six weeks previous. He’ll level to issues as we move within the automotive and he can see his iPad up shut.
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As a father or mother, you by no means cease worrying about your kids. But when you might have a disabled youngster, the anxiousness is multiplied by a thousand.
I felt I’d failed as a result of I’d produced a child that was like Harvey. But it’s nobody’s fault.
When we first knew one thing was unsuitable when I was pregnant, I didn’t suppose, ‘I don’t need him’. It was the exact opposite. I wouldn’t change him for the world.
Whatever journey I’ve been on, Harvey has been with me via the whole lot. He’s the one fixed in my life. It’s an enormous consolation to know Harvey will always be by my aspect.
My different 4 kids, [Princess, 14, Junior, 16, Bunny, seven, and Jett, eight] have their dads – and I completely hate having to share them.
So when Harvey and I do our day by day FaceTime calls, we always finish the identical manner.
‘I love you’.
‘I love you too, Mummy’.
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