Kate Gosselin Was 'Heartbroken' They Had to Celebrate the Sextuplets' B-Day Without Her Son Collin

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Believe it or not, Kate Gosselin's sextuplets are 13 years old! The reality stars celebrated their big first teenage b-day back in May, and Kate Plus 8 cameras were there to capture the event for an episode that aired last night, Monday, July 24. But it was a bit of a bittersweet occasion, because although five of Gosselin's children -- Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, and Joel -- got to ring in the big 1-3 with a camping-themed fete, one of Gosselin's children, Collin, was noticeably missing


Last year, Gosselin revealed to People that she had enrolled Collin in a program away from home to help him cope with "special needs." 

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"[There's] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things," the reality star explained to the mag. "This has been a struggle we've had for a very long time .... It's been hard because there is a huge hole in our family without him here ... But it comforts us to know he's where he needs to be right now, and I can feel good about that."

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The heartache that Gosselin feels around Collin's situation was apparent during the kids' birthday party. "The photos around the cake, I have them for every year, every child, every birthday. We always have the big birthday party at home on their birthday, [I] got 'em for every year," Kate noted on Monday's episode. "This year [was] much like last year, obviously the difference is that Collin wasn't there."

Gosselin went on to explain that she has to take heart in the fact that the kids are all different, and she's doing what's best for each one. "I am comforted with the fact that my kids, all of them, each unique child, is receiving exactly what they need and that hasn't changed," she shared. "I've said that before, I'll say it again. It's a bittersweet moment [and] we've had many of them. You can't do anything without realizing he's missing, so we may not say it, but it's always there."

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While undoubtedly Gosselin will be judged for this situation, it sounds like she's handling her child's needs as best as she can. And at the end of the day, that's all any mom can hope to do.

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