For more than two decades, Katie Price has dominated the headlines as her rollercoaster life has played out in front of us online, on her reality TV shows and in the tabloids. But there’s one subject that Katie’s kept behind closed doors: what it’s really like bringing up her disabled son Harvey.
After Harvey was born it became obvious that he wasn’t responding in the same way as the other babies at Katie’s mum and baby group. Within weeks of his birth, Harvey was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Septo Optic Dysplasia. For Harvey it brings with it partial blindness, Prader-Willi syndrome, autism, learning and behavioural difficulties.
Katie Price says: “Being a parent of a child with complex needs, as Harvey has, presents daily challenges. Simple day to day things that other people take for granted can take all day.
“Every day presents a new challenge, no two days are the same. We have learnt and grown together, and together we have built our private world, a bond between mother and son which goes deeper than most - we are unbreakable.
“Harvey has taken on every hurdle life has thrown at him - from birth, being told he would never see, to now drawing rainbows – he was told he would never be able to engage in everyday life, but is often the life and soul of the party. Harvey touches the hearts of all those he meets - his heart knows no bounds when giving out love and affection.
“Now he is 18, I have to start making vital decisions that will impact Harvey’s future that are different for most other parents. Harvey isn't about to go to uni, travel the world on a gap year, or take his driving test. Harvey’s never even had a beer!
“Harvey is now an adult, and this is the most important time of his life, making the vital decisions, safeguarding his future and ensuring he has the tools for life that will give him the equal rights to live his life to the fullest.
“For the first time I will be taking you behind the closed doors of mine and Harvey’s world. Experience a day in the life and what the future will look like for him and me. This is how we roll in Katie Price: Harvey & Me.”